- a large wine bottle having a capacity of two ordinary bottles or 1.5 liters (1.6 quarts).
- a magnum cartridge or firearm.
- (of a cartridge) equipped with a larger charge than other cartridges of the same size.
- (of a firearm) using such a cartridge.
- Informal. unusually great in power or size: a magnum spotlight; a magnum dosage.
Origin of magnum
Examples from the Web for magnum
Catalogue, published by Flammarion (2014), includes photographs from the Magnum Photos archives and text by Éric Hazan.
Magnum came into being as a cooperative only two years after the conclusion of World War II.
Magnum is an entrusted brand, with an irrefutably global reach.
Nagrani started out selling socks with designs ranging from a shirt on Magnum, P.I. to Winston Churchill.The Hot Designer Who Hates Fashion: VK Nagrani Triumphs His Own Way
December 1, 2014
But the raw believability of, say, Magnum photography has been done for.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
It is his magnum opus in literature, and exhibits wide and laborious research.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
But you must learn the dictation; the great book, the magnum opus, it is there.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Say, Jack, how much brighter the world looks after a magnum!
I'll give you a dinner at the Bertolini to-night, and you may have the magnum of any vintage you like.
It has the punch of that .44 Magnum you're presently carrying.Revolution
Dallas McCord Reynolds
- a wine bottle holding the equivalent of two normal bottles (approximately 52 fluid ounces)
Word Origin and History for magnum
1788, "bottle containing two quarts of wine or spirits," from Latin magnum, neuter of magnus "great in size" (see magnate). Registered 1935 by Smith & Wesson Inc., of Springfield, Massachusetts, as the name of a powerful type of handgun.