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[mag-uh-zeen, mag-uh-zeen] /ˌmæg əˈzin, ˈmæg əˌzin/
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.
a room or place for keeping gunpowder and other explosives, as in a fort or on a warship.
a building or place for keeping military stores, as arms, ammunition, or provisions.
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.
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.
Photography, cartridge (def 4).
a supply chamber, as in a stove.
a storehouse; warehouse.
a collection of war munitions.
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 forms
magazinish, magaziny, adjective Unabridged
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  • At this time of year, fashion magazine editors may have it worse than the general population.
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  • The magazine cannot return or respond to unsolicited manuscripts.
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  • Any up-and-coming star would jump at the chance to land the cover of a major magazine.
  • The app is not intended as a replacement for the section in the print magazine.
  • Bimonthly magazine featuring articles on nature study, environmental protection and outdoor recreation.
  • Contact one of the magazine's editorial staff to offer feedback or discuss magazine article ideas.
British Dictionary definitions for magazine


a periodical paperback publication containing articles, fiction, photographs, etc
a metal box or drum holding several cartridges used in some kinds of automatic firearms; it is removed and replaced when empty
a building or compartment for storing weapons, explosives, military provisions, etc
a stock of ammunition
a device for continuously recharging a handling system, stove, or boiler with solid fuel
(photog) another name for cartridge (sense 5)
a rack for automatically feeding a number of slides through a projector
a TV or radio programme made up of a series of short nonfiction items
Word Origin
C16: via French magasin from Italian magazzino, from Arabic makhāzin, plural of makhzan storehouse, from khazana to store away
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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.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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