\ ˈzēn How to pronounce zine (audio) \

Definition of zine

: magazine especially : a noncommercial often homemade or online publication usually devoted to specialized and often unconventional subject matter a feminist zine

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Examples of zine in a Sentence

a small cadre of students have taken to producing their own underground zine in order to satirize many of the university's most sacred cows

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To coincide with the launch of Infinite Resort, Cenisio has also created a zine. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "This New Sustainable Fashion Line Features Prints Made From National Geographic Photographs," 22 Apr. 2019 It is accompanied by a photographic ‘zine and short film by Thibaut Grevet. Vanessa Lawrence, ELLE Decor, "Rimowa Kicks Off Milan Design Week with a Stunning Aluminum Car Sculpture," 9 Apr. 2019 Case in point: an art publisher once put out a zine titled Evil People in Modernist Homes in Popular Films. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "I Am the Night," 5 Feb. 2019 Or that Put an Egg on It is both a zine and a meme. Tamar Adler, Vogue, "Why Pastured Eggs Are the Perfect Food," 13 Sep. 2018 Return to the Stars, a tabletop game and online zine billed as an optimistic hopepunk sci-fi role-playing game, featured a popular essay by Rowland herself on hopepunk as a method of resistance. Aja Romano, Vox, "In the era of Trump and apocalyptic change, Hopepunk is a storytelling template for #resistance — and hanging onto your humanity at all costs.," 27 Dec. 2018 The zine included information about how to prepare for and survive an earthquake, and each hoodie came with a QR code that gave access to an early-warning earthquake app. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "Wikipedia dropped a surprise streetwear collab to keep knowledge free," 16 Aug. 2018 Other DJs include Kiah Rogers of Cotton Ponys, Steven Peffer of Hausfrau Record Shop, Kat Cade of FUZZ zine and more. cleveland.com, "Record Store Day 2018: Guide to Northeast Ohio events," 18 Apr. 2018 The nerds had their subreddits and Metafilter threads, the artists had their zines and Tumblrs, the 9/11 truthers had their email lists and subway pamphlets. Kevin Roose, New York Times, "Can ‘Illuminati Tinder’ Save Us All?," 27 June 2018

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First Known Use of zine

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for zine

-zine (as in fanzine)

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The first known use of zine was in 1965

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English Language Learners Definition of zine

informal : a small magazine that is written by people who are not professional writers and that usually has stories about a particular subject

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to mark by some ceremony or observation

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