Definition: Magazine

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Middle French magasin (warehouse, store), from Italian magazzino (storehouse), ultimately from Arabic مَخَازِن or maḵāzin, plural of مَخْزَن or maḵzan (storeroom, storehouse), noun of place from خَزَنَ or ḵazana, (to store, to stock, to lay up).


magazine (plural magazines)

  1. A non-academic periodical publication, generally consisting of sheets of paper folded in half and stapled at the fold.
  2. An ammunition storehouse.
    1. (nautical) The portion of a warship where munitions are stored.
      The cruiser blew up when a shell hit its magazine.
  3. A chamber in or attachable to a firearm enabling multiple rounds of ammunition to be fed into the firearm.
  4. A reservoir or supply chamber for a stove, battery, camera, typesetting machine, or other apparatus.

Derived terms

  • e-magazine
  • newsmagazine
  • pulp magazine
  • trade magazine
  • zine


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