mag·​a·​zine | \ ˈma-gə-ˌzēn How to pronounce magazine (audio) , ˌma-gə-ˈzēn\

Definition of magazine

1a : a print periodical containing miscellaneous pieces (such as articles, stories, poems) and often illustrated a fashion magazine a gardening magazine also : such a periodical published online
b : a similar section of a newspaper usually appearing on Sunday
c : a radio or television program presenting usually several short segments on a variety of topics
2 : a place where goods or supplies are stored : warehouse
3 : a room in which powder and other explosives are kept in a fort or a ship
4 : the contents of a magazine: such as
a : an accumulation of munitions (see munition sense 2) of war
b : a stock of provisions (see provision entry 1 sense 2) or goods
5 : a supply chamber: such as
a : a holder in or on a gun for cartridges (see cartridge sense 1) to be fed into the gun chamber
b : a lightproof chamber for films or plates on a camera or for film on a motion-picture projector

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Examples of magazine in a Sentence

She subscribes to several gardening magazines. the village kept a magazine where people left common supplies

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In 2014, the live magazine show launched The California Sunday Magazine, a monthly publication featuring thought-provoking stories and stunning photography. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: How Pop-Up Magazine is bringing amped-up storytelling to San Diego," 17 Sep. 2019 Police recovered an undisclosed amount of cash from the vehicle, along with a loaded pistol and additional magazines. Fox News, "Texas bank robbery suspect killed in crash after police chase where speeds topped 130 mph," 17 Sep. 2019 During the early ’00s, there wasn’t a runway, campaign, or magazine that Deyn wasn’t being eyed for. Vogue, "Agyness Deyn Makes a Return to the Runway at Burberry," 16 Sep. 2019 These tailored collections offer eBooks, audiobooks and magazines including bestsellers and new releases in a variety of topics. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Harris County Public Library offers digital library card," 16 Sep. 2019 At the time, Ms. Bertol, an artist and set designer, was creating small collages from colorful bits clipped from magazines, so the slides caught her eye. New York Times, "Cindy Crawford, Ralph Lauren, Donna Karan: An ’80s Fashion Mystery," 15 Sep. 2019 The idea of wearing many light articles of clothing rather than a few heavy ones was everywhere: my brother’s Boys’ Life magazines, advertisements from my local outdoors store, my summer camp’s suggested packing list. Rachel S. Gross, The Atlantic, "The Military Origins of Layering," 15 Sep. 2019 As study co-author Margaret Eng, an ecotoxicologist at Saskatchewan, tells Science magazine’s Elizabeth Pennisi, the birds likely needed this time to purge the pesticide from their system, resume normal eating habits and gain back lost fat. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Common Pesticides Delay Songbird Migration, Trigger Significant Weight Loss," 14 Sep. 2019 Linotype was a mainstay for printing newspapers, magazines, books and even posters from the late 19th century through the 1980s, until it was replaced by phototypesetting, offset lithography printing and digital or computerized print. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: Hard to accept, but inevitable, so best to roll with life’s changes," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of magazine

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for magazine

Middle French, from Old Occitan, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse

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English Language Learners Definition of magazine

: a type of thin book with a paper cover that contains stories, essays, pictures, etc., and that is usually published every week or month
: a radio or television program that discusses different topics
: a part of a gun that holds bullets


mag·​a·​zine | \ ˈma-gə-ˌzēn How to pronounce magazine (audio) \

Kids Definition of magazine

1 : a publication issued at regular intervals (as weekly or monthly)
2 : a storehouse or warehouse for military supplies
3 : a container in a gun for holding cartridges

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