mag·​num | \ ˈmag-nəm How to pronounce magnum (audio) \

Definition of magnum

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a large wine bottle holding about 1.5 liters



Definition of Magnum (Entry 2 of 2)

used for revolvers

Examples of magnum in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun At 300 yards our hyper-velocity, flat-shooting super magnum would plummet 15.3 inches. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "What’s the Best Distance to Zero A Hunting Rifle?," 19 Aug. 2020 Many bolt-action rifles will hold five .280 rounds in the magazine, which offers a marked firepower advantage over most three-round magnum cartridge wells. Outdoor Life, "5 of the Best Cartridges for Hunting Western Big Game," 28 Aug. 2020 The company hints at plans to build on the rebated precision magnum family in the future. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 of the Hottest New Hunting Cartridges for 2021 and Beyond," 18 June 2020 The last time the shooting world saw so many new cartridges introduced in a relatively short span of time was in the early 2000s, when the short-magnum craze arrived. Mike Dickerson, Outdoor Life, "8 of the Hottest New Hunting Cartridges for 2021 and Beyond," 18 June 2020 Its lid shuts with the same precise click heard when snapping home the cylinder of a Ruger .357 magnum revolver—and it's attached with seven Torx-head fasteners. Frank Markus, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2000 Audi TT Goes All-In on Style," 1 June 2020 Weatherby came out with his .270 magnum fairly soon (about 20 years) after the .270 Winchester took off, but the next .277 shooter didn’t pop until 2001 as the .270 Winchester Short Magnum. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, "The New 27 Nosler and .277 Sig Fury Are Creating a .277 Cartridge Comeback," 26 Feb. 2020 Oh, and there's half off sake and champagne magnums. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Best happy hours and dining deals on the Las Vegas Strip: Where to eat well and save money," 6 Mar. 2020 Seven years ago, Savage set out to build a semi-automatic shotgun that would handle well and function flawlessly with both light target loads and magnum loads. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "Savage’s New Renegauge is a Light-Recoiling Semi-Auto Shotgun That’s Made in America," 3 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of magnum


1788, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for magnum


Latin, neuter of magnus great

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“Magnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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