[mag-uh-zeen, mag-uh-zeen]
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  1. a publication that is issued periodically, usually bound in a paper cover, and typically contains essays, stories, poems, etc., by many writers, and often photographs and drawings, frequently specializing in a particular subject or area, as hobbies, news, or sports.
  2. a room or place for keeping gunpowder and other explosives, as in a fort or on a warship.
  3. a building or place for keeping military stores, as arms, ammunition, or provisions.
  4. a metal receptacle for a number of cartridges, inserted into certain types of automatic weapons and when empty removed and replaced by a full receptacle in order to continue firing.
  5. Also called magazine show. Radio and Television.
    1. Also called newsmagazine.a regularly scheduled news program consisting of several short segments in which various subjects of current interest are examined, usually in greater detail than on a regular newscast.
    2. a program with a varied format that combines interviews, commentary, entertainment, etc.
  6. magazine section.
  7. Photography. cartridge(def 4).
  8. a supply chamber, as in a stove.
  9. a storehouse; warehouse.
  10. a collection of war munitions.

Origin of magazine

1575–85; < French magasin < Italian magazzino storehouse < Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse; in E figuratively, as “storehouse of information,” used in book titles (from c1640) and periodical titles (in The Gentleman's Magazine, 1731)
Related formsmag·a·zin·ish, mag·a·zin·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of magazine

  • But that's no reason why John shouldn't send his story to Blackwood's Magazine.

    The Foolish Lovers

    St. John G. Ervine

  • It is written by an Italian named Marinetti, in a magazine which is called Poesia.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • I must beg your pardon for the epistle you sent me appearing in the Magazine.

  • I loaded the magazine and sat down to wait for the animals to land.

  • The magazine writers were "tearing off copy," the painters were simply "slapping it down."

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for magazine


  1. a periodical paperback publication containing articles, fiction, photographs, etc
  2. a metal box or drum holding several cartridges used in some kinds of automatic firearms; it is removed and replaced when empty
  3. a building or compartment for storing weapons, explosives, military provisions, etc
  4. a stock of ammunition
  5. a device for continuously recharging a handling system, stove, or boiler with solid fuel
  6. photog another name for cartridge (def. 5)
  7. a rack for automatically feeding a number of slides through a projector
  8. a TV or radio programme made up of a series of short nonfiction items

Word Origin for magazine

C16: via French magasin from Italian magazzino, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse, from khazana to store away
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for magazine

1580s, "place for storing goods, especially military ammunition," from Middle French magasin "warehouse, depot, store" (15c.), from Italian magazzino, from Arabic makhazin, plural of makhzan "storehouse" (cf. Spanish almacén "warehouse, magazine"), from khazana "to store up." The original sense is almost obsolete; meaning "periodical journal" dates from the publication of the first one, "Gentleman's Magazine," in 1731, which was so called from earlier use of the word for a printed list of military stores and information, or in a figurative sense, from the publication being a "storehouse" of information.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper