One entry found for magazine
Main Entry: mag·a·zine
Pronunciation: mag--zn, mag--zn
Etymology: from early French magazine
"storehouse, warehouse," derived from Arabic makhzin,
plural of makhzan
"storehouse, granary, cellar"
a storehouse or warehouse especially for military supplies2 :
a place for keeping explosives in a fort or ship3 :
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 projectorWord History Magazine
originally meant "storehouse" or "granary" or "cellar." It came into an early French dialect and then English from the Arabic word 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.