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 If the 750s are sold out, go for a magnum or larger. Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 Sep. 2021 Kim did the interview and, at the end, our CEO Ken Solomon had a magnum of champagne brought to the set to toast Kim and her incredible career. Lindsay Kimble,, 30 Aug. 2021 This week, anglers are heading to the deeper waters of the Central Basin of Lake Erie and trolling magnum spoons for solid catches of the big trout, and the odd lake and brown trout. cleveland, 22 July 2021 City Council would buy vests for all officers and allow the use of the .357 magnum revolver. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 25 June 2021 By showtime Rosalind Kimble and her table of 10 had drained a magnum of Pinot and were working on a backup supply. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 June 2021 Well, that was then, this is now, and the Impulse appears to have addressed any lingering concerns about extraction power or handling magnum loads, leaving us free to enjoy the primary benefit of straight-pulls—speed. Derek Mcdonald, Outdoor Life, 5 Jan. 2021 While Gojira-purists will sight their earlier classics From Mars To Sirius (2005) or The Way Of All Flesh (2008) as their magnum opuses, Gojira were able to craft an accessible yet heavy sound on Magma that was unlike any of their previous records. Quentin Singer, Forbes, 7 May 2021 Hughes said Anthony Williams, 57, pointed a .357 magnum caliber revolver at officers from his back porch. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 4 May 2021

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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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23 Sep 2021

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“Magnum.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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Medical Definition of magnum

— see foramen magnum


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