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One entry found for magazine.
Main Entry: mag·a·zine
Pronunciation: primarystressmag-schwa-secondarystresszemacronn, secondarystressmag-schwa-primarystresszemacronn
Function: noun
Etymology: from early French magazine "storehouse, warehouse," derived from Arabic makhamacrzin, plural of makhzan "storehouse, granary, cellar"
1 : a storehouse or warehouse especially for military supplies
2 : a place for keeping explosives in a fort or ship
3 : a publication containing different pieces (as stories, articles, or poems) and issued at regular intervals (as weekly or monthly)
4 : a supply chamber: as a : a container in a gun for holding cartridges b : a container for film on a camera or motion-picture projector
Word History Magazine originally meant "storehouse" or "granary" or "cellar." It came into an early French dialect and then English from the Arabic word makhzan (plural makhamacrzin). Makhzan had all these meanings. In military and naval use magazine came to mean a storage place for gunpowder or weapons or a place on a warship where the powder was kept. Later it came to mean either a place where valuable things were stored or the stored things themselves. A new sense of magazine appeared in 1731 with the first issue of a monthly publication called The Gentleman's Magazine. This was a collection or storehouse of short stories and articles about things of interest to the general reader. This use of magazine caught on and was used for similar publications.

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