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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

Example Sentences

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For the serious collector, $2,800 will buy a magnum of 2015 Château Mouton-Rothschild. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Oct. 2022 And the time Steve McQueen hurled a magnum of champagne at the head of Sam Peckinpah. Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2022 Made from grapes grown at between 1,650 and 2,100 feet (500 and 630 meters) elevation and aged in 40-year-old casks, this wine poured from a magnum includes aromas of green apples, apricots and gooseberries. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 31 July 2022 Buono bought the bottle in a private sale last Friday, a magnum with a 2017 vintage sold by Champagne Avenue Foch. Anna Hirtenstein, WSJ, 12 July 2022 Make a lasagna, grab a magnum, and invite some friends over for an indoor puzzle party with this Indoor Party Puzzle. Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 Franklin’s magnum sea opus would be covered over with gravel and dirt. Steve Ditlea, SPIN, 14 Mar. 2022 Both rounds were fired out of a .300 Winchester magnum. NBC News, 18 Feb. 2022 The easy-to-use system includes a proprietary topper that snugly fits on any bottle type (standard, half bottle, magnum) as well as a charger that injects a layer of CO2 gas to protect the leftover wine. Stephanie Cain, Fortune, 13 Nov. 2021 See More

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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 1 Feb. 2023.

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