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[fan-zeen, fan-zeen]
  1. a magazine or other periodical produced inexpensively by and for fans of science fiction and fantasy writing, comic books, popular music, or other specialized popular interests.
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Origin of fanzine

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; fan2 + (maga)zine
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  1. a small-circulation magazine produced by amateurs for fans of a specific interest, pop group, etc
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Word Origin

C20: from fan ² + (maga) zine
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Word Origin and History for fanzine


1949, from fan (n.2) + suffix abstracted from magazine.

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