mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

Definition of magnet

 (Entry 1 of 2)

b : a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted
2 : something that attracts a box-office magnet
variants: or magneto-

Definition of magnet- (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : magnetic force magnetometer
2 : magnetism : magnetic magnetoelectric magneton
3 : magnetoelectric magnetoresistance
4 : magnetosphere magnetopause

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Synonyms for magnet

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of magnet in a Sentence

Noun the giant theme park is a magnet for tourists to the area
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The image was also seen on a bottle opener refrigerator magnet. Li Cohen, CBS News, "Amazon removes Auschwitz-themed Christmas ornaments after facing backlash," 1 Dec. 2019 For those who needed additional reminders, the Wall was turned into refrigerator magnets and paper weights. Time, "The Berlin Wall Is a Reminder That Barriers Last Only As Long as the Political Will to Defend Them," 8 Nov. 2019 Now take a refrigerator magnet and wand it over the paper clip. Richard Panek, Twin Cities, "Richard Panek: Gravity? Who knows?," 5 Oct. 2019 The Newington Parks and Recreation Department offers free refrigerator magnets that display all the concerts scheduled for the year., "Community News For The Wethersfield Edition," 17 July 2019 The throne room is decorated with mosaics of warriors and elephants in mirrored glass, arranged like refrigerator magnets on its scarlet walls. Ewen Bell, National Geographic, "Discover why Laos is the world’s next great foodie destination," 10 July 2019 The craft book offers step-by-step guidelines on how to create living art with easy mini-projects made with succulents, such as tiny wreaths, refrigerator magnets and arrangements in teacups. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Crafts with succulents — on a miniature scale," 20 June 2019 Let’s share photos of refrigerator magnets made under the crafty, patient auspices of Miss Molly at BrightHorizons backup daycare, and food shots of Jean’s garlic broccoli, which was the last vegetable to pass Teddy’s lips two whole years ago. Lauren Smith Brody, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Invisible Nannies of Instagram," 17 Apr. 2019 At Sheremetyevo International Airport and souvenir stands throughout Moscow, Putin's sober, stern visage gazes out from T-shirts, mugs, matryoshka nesting dolls and refrigerator magnets. Francesca Ebel, Fox News, "Putin's image: An inextricable part of Russian life," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of magnet


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for magnet


Middle English magnete, from Anglo-French, from Latin magnet-, magnes, from Greek magnēs (lithos), literally, stone of Magnesia, ancient city in Asia Minor

Combining form

Latin magnet-, magnes

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The first known use of magnet was in the 15th century

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10 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Magnet.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (such as iron or steel) that is able to attract certain metals
: something or someone that attracts people or things


mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

Kids Definition of magnet

: a piece of material (as of iron, steel, or alloy) that is able to attract iron


mag·​net | \ ˈmag-nət How to pronounce magnet (audio) \

Medical Definition of magnet

: a body having the property of attracting iron and producing a magnetic field external to itself specifically : a mass of iron, steel, or alloy that has this property artificially imparted

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