Definition of magazine in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmaɡəˌzēn/
Pronunciation: /ˌmaɡəˈzēn/


1A periodical publication containing articles and illustrations, typically covering a particular subject or area of interest: a car magazine a women’s magazine
More example sentences
  • Fashion arrived through illustrations and articles in magazines, catalogues, and trade publications.
  • Since 1991, numerous popular daily and weekly magazines have published articles on Mavi Jeans.
  • Consumer car magazines and publications like Consumer Reports provide detailed reviews on virtually all new cars.
journal, periodical, serial, supplement, quarterly, monthly, weekly, news magazine
informal glossy, mag, zine, fanzine
1.1A regular television or radio program comprising a variety of topical news or entertainment items.
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  • John added a new string to his bow when in 1998 he became the presenter of a new magazine programme called Home Truths on Radio 4.
  • On Thursday evenings Trevor Hunt and Jack Dearden present a magazine programme featuring guests from the world of Rugby League.
  • The idea for the magazine programme came about when staff at Three Counties Radio met with people at the Centre for Youth and Community Development in Luton.
2A chamber for holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically to the breech of a gun.
Example sentences
  • Most of the rifles chambered for the .284 have been designs that use detachable box magazines.
  • The feed magazine usually contains 70 rounds, while another ten rounds are in the upper mounting and in the screw feeder.
  • I happen to prefer integral magazines to detachable box magazines, but that's just a personal choice.
2.1A receptacle for storing and feeding film to a camera, CDs to a compact disc player, etc.
Example sentences
  • A film magazine from a K - 24 aerial camera was fitted to the back of a C - 1 camera.
  • A clapper loader, ‘they load the magazines of film’.
  • He has been able to remove stuck CD magazines by using a piece of shim stock or a hack saw blade and going alongside one of the long sides of the magazine to hit the release.
3A store for arms, ammunition, explosives, and provisions for use in military operations.
Example sentences
  • A massive internal explosion - probably in an ammunition magazine below a forward gun turret, had blown off her bow.
  • All but a handful of those buildings are ammunition magazines, or ‘igloos.’
  • On either side of a tunnel deep inside the Rock, a series of huge chambers was being dug to accommodate purpose-built ammunition magazines.


Late 16th century: from French magasin, from Italian magazzino, from Arabic maḵzin, maḵzan 'storehouse', from ḵazana 'store up'. The term originally meant 'store' and was often used from the mid 17th century in the title of books providing information useful to particular groups of people, whence sense 1 (mid 18th century). sense 3, a contemporary specialization of the original meaning, gave rise to sense 2 in the mid 18th century.

  • The first magazines were storehouses, often for ammunition and provisions for war. The word comes from Italian magazzino and goes back to Arabic. From the mid 17th century books providing information useful to particular groups of people often had magazine in their title. The use for a periodical publication providing a range of stories and articles developed from this: the first was The Gentleman's Magazine; or, Monthly Intelligencer, launched in 1731. Military uses of the word developed at the same time. A container for holding a supply of cartridges to be fed automatically into the breech of a gun came to be called a magazine in the 1860s.

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Syllabification: mag·a·zine

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