\ ˈzēn \

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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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 Mulholland, without the backing of the official Fashion Week, had a small party to celebrate her new brand, Holiday, with a zine and some tees, cementing herself as one of Oz’s strongest young creatives. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "What’s Up Down Under? A Report From Fashion Week in Sydney," 24 May 2018 This year, Chicago is home to a plethora of fests for any interest: From tacos and tequila to zines and Gospel music, there's no pigeonholing Chicago's festival season. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "New Chicago summer festivals for 2017," 27 Apr. 2017 But many comb through Mr. Fowler’s passion, and the store’s specialty: zines and small-press booklets or books championing illustrations. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, "The ‘Punk Rock’ Comic Book Shop," 7 June 2018 Participants will learn to use zines for audience engagement and will gain exposures to an abbreviated history of Afrofuturism in Southern California. Phillip Molnar, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Comic-Con 2018: Here's your Thursday schedule," 6 July 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

: 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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