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mag·​num ˈmag-nəm How to pronounce magnum (audio)
: a large wine bottle holding about 1.5 liters


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used for revolvers

Examples of magnum in a Sentence

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Nearby, the paneled walls of the den/library are coated in glossy black paint, while a wine room is convenient for storing your favorite magnums. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 15 May 2024 Bittencourt often turns to magnums of Muscadet, the dry, mineral whites made from melon de Bourgogne in the Loire Valley. Anna Lee Iijima, The Mercury News, 30 Apr. 2024 Fresh, seasonal small plates fly out of the kitchen until 11 p.m., and tables grow increasingly jubilant as magnums of wine start to crowd their tables. Sophie Dodd, Travel + Leisure, 22 Mar. 2024 In the cellar of Champagne Castelnau (Reims, France), vintage bottles and magnums were stored for years in wooden racks in the upside-down position for prolonged aging with the yeasty sediment in their necks. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 July 2023 All vintages except for 1974 were studied in three bottle sizes: the standard 750-milliliter, the 1.5-liter magnum, and the 3-liter jeroboam. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 28 July 2023 How about an expedition across an unexplored section of Antarctica; a bespoke picture from one of the team behind Avatar; a barrel of the first rum distilled in Monaco; a rare Dunhill lighter and cocktail shaker from the 1930s; or a collection of Napa-estate Cabernet Sauvignon magnums? Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 10 Dec. 2023 Waitresses hoist magnums of Dom Pérignon, cutting a path through VIPs in the pit. Jay Cheshes, Robb Report, 9 Dec. 2023 Wine served in large-format bottles makes an outsize impression, and the ability to pour 10 to 12 glasses from a single magnum takes a multicourse-pairing dinner to the next level. Mike Desimone and Jeff Jenssen, Robb Report, 25 Nov. 2023

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Word History



Latin, neuter of magnus great

First Known Use


1788, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of magnum was in 1788

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“Magnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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