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
Recent Examples on the Web The results of a new study, published in Cell magazine last month, suggest that a cocktail of one polymerase inhibitor—in this case remdesivir—and two hepatitis C drugs might do the trick. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, "New Antiviral Drug Cocktail Could Help India Control Brutal Covid-19 Surge," 5 May 2021 Check out the top 2021 design and décor trends, including inspirational ideas for every room, in USA TODAY's Home magazine. Julius Lasin, USA TODAY, "In a galaxy far, far away," 4 May 2021 Alex Gendler, a freelance writer in Brooklyn, N.Y., got a similar ban after sharing a link to a story in Smithsonian magazine about tribal New Guinea. Kirsten Grind, WSJ, "Inside ‘Facebook Jail’: The Secret Rules That Put Users in the Doghouse," 4 May 2021 The last figure in that report’s final chapter is based on a 2017 paper published in Science magazine. Steven E. Koonin, National Review, "Questioning the Climate-Change Narrative," 4 May 2021 The reference, in a profile of her in Tatler magazine, is attributed to an unnamed person who once visited her in the apartment., "Decorating scandal engulfs Boris Johnson and puts fiancée in spotlight," 2 May 2021 In the fifth grade, my neighbor and good buddy J.J. had a poem published in the literary magazine of our all-boys elementary school. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Great New York City Roller-Skating Boom," 1 May 2021 Ashley is a software engineer at Boeing, where her extracurricular talents were recently celebrated with a cover story in the company magazine. Merri Jill Rhodes, Better Homes & Gardens, "Stylemaker: We're Going Live!," 26 Apr. 2021 Connect via pop culture and a world experienced through a new set of eyes which were actually just eyes that hadn’t been looked into before in a mainstream American magazine. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Bill Mullen’s “Places I’d Rather Be” Books Are a Pandemic Time Capsule to Cherish," 26 Apr. 2021

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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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The first known use of magazine was in 1583

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10 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Magazine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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