mag·​a·​zine ˈma-gə-ˌzēn How to pronounce magazine (audio)
: a print periodical containing miscellaneous pieces (such as articles, stories, poems) and often illustrated
a fashion magazine
a gardening magazine
also : such a periodical published online
: a similar section of a newspaper usually appearing on Sunday
: a radio or television program presenting usually several short segments on a variety of topics
: a place where goods or supplies are stored : warehouse
: a room in which powder and other explosives are kept in a fort or a ship
: the contents of a magazine: such as
: an accumulation of munitions (see munition sense 2) of war
: a stock of provisions (see provision entry 1 sense 2) or goods
: a supply chamber: such as
: a holder in or on a gun for cartridges (see cartridge sense 1) to be fed into the gun chamber
: a lightproof chamber for films or plates on a camera or for film on a motion-picture projector

Example Sentences

She subscribes to several gardening magazines. the village kept a magazine where people left common supplies
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Word History


Middle French, from Old Occitan, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse

First Known Use

1583, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of magazine was in 1583

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Cite this Entry

“Magazine.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


mag·​a·​zine ˈmag-ə-ˌzēn How to pronounce magazine (audio)
: a storehouse or warehouse especially for military supplies
: a place for keeping explosives in a fort or ship
: a publication containing different pieces (as stories, articles, or poems) and issued at regular intervals (as weekly or monthly)
: a supply chamber: as
: a container in a gun for holding cartridges
: a container for film on a camera or motion-picture projector

from early French magazine "storehouse, warehouse," derived from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan "storehouse, granary, cellar"

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