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

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With Simpson holding the barrel of a .357 magnum to his head in the back of the Bronco as Cowlings drove north on the 405 Freeway, the networks interrupted regularly scheduled programming to air the pursuit. Richard Winton,, "This news chopper crew spotted O.J. Simpson’s white Bronco, and the chase was on," 17 June 2019 Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, founders of Russian River Brewing Company, busted out a magnum of their 2010 batch 5 of Temptation, a sour blonde ale aged in chardonnay barrels. Alyssa Pereira,, "Chuck the wine. Paso Robles is a beer town now," 12 June 2019 The Wine Shelves Lindsay hired local artisan Michael Mellon to create custom elm shelving that can fit magnums alongside regular bottles, like the cult favorite Vini Viti Vinci’s 2016 Vieilles Vignes. Cassandra Landry, Bon Appétit, "The Little Things: A Design Tour of San Francisco’s Rustic-Modern Wine Bar, Verjus," 10 June 2019 The friend’s father had kept the .357 magnum and two other guns secured with gun locks in a plastic container in his bedroom closet, but keys to the locks and ammunition also were in the container, police said. Dave Collins, The Seattle Times, "Teen’s death spurs federal, state safe gun storage bills," 22 Jan. 2019 Of course the magnum (a double-size bottle) must be a wine of quality, not some supersize grocery-store plonk. Lettie Teague, WSJ, "The Wines We’ll Be Drinking in 2019," 19 Dec. 2018 Heloise Dear Heloise: What is a magnum and a jeroboam of champagne? Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Dale, a magnum is 2 quarts, which usually fills 10 glasses. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "A yearning for Bootlegger Beans," 10 July 2018 Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg An attendee holds a Smith & Wesson Corp. model 460XVR magnum revolver at the company's booth., "Rifles, Pistols and Trump: Inside the NRA Annual Meeting," 6 May 2018

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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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The first known use of magnum was in 1788

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