Definition of magazine noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌmæɡəˈziːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmæɡəziːn//
    Types of text, The press, TV shows
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  1. 1  (informal mag
    BrE BrE//mæɡ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//mæɡ//
    a type of large thin book with a paper cover that you can buy every week or month, containing articles, photographs, etc., often on a particular topic a weekly/monthly magazine a magazine article/interview an online magazine Her designer clothes were from the pages of a glossy fashion magazine. CulturemagazinesIn Britain and the US there are thousands of weekly and monthly magazines, many of them aimed at particular groups of readers such as teenage girls, new parents, people interested in gardening or professional groups such as doctors. Among the best-sellers are the television guides, such as Radio Times and the TV Guide in the US. Some magazines have a smaller readership but are considered important because they are respected and have a role in forming opinion. In the US there are several widely read news magazines such as Time, Newsweek and US News and World Report and in Britain The Economist, The New Statesman and The Spectator are read for their political comment. The British satirical magazine Private Eye is very popular. Literary magazines include The Times Literary Supplement, The London Review of Books and Granta in Britain and The New York Review of Books in the US.There are magazines with a restricted circulation (= available only to certain people) such as in-flight magazines published by airlines for people to read during a flight, and store magazines which customers of supermarkets receive. Store magazines are the most widely distributed magazines in the UK. Special-interest clubs and societies publish magazines for their members.General-interest magazines include titles such as Vanity Fair and Harper's Magazine, magazines about fashion, of which the most famous is Vogue, the home, gardens, food and family life. There are also magazines on DIY, cars, sport, travel, films and music. Rolling Stone, Billboard and New Musical Express sight and sound and empire are popular music magazines and and are specialist film magazines.In Britain some football clubs produce a club magazine. Fanzines are cheap magazines produced by fans (= supporters) of a singer, group or sports club. Gossip magazines have stories about the rich and famous and these include Hello!, Heat and National Enquirer, which is sold in US supermarkets.Some magazines are read mainly for their listings, e.g. Time Out, which gives details of plays, concerts, etc. in London or New York. exchange and mart contains only advertisements of items for sale or wanted.More specialist magazines include New Scientist, Scientific American, Nature and The Lancet.Traditionally there were more magazines for women than for men but there are now several fashion magazines for men such as Esquire and GQ. Vogue and Harper's Bazaar are expensive, high-quality fashion magazines for women. Other women's magazines have a more chatty style and contain stories, competitions, articles on fashion, make-up, food and fitness, and an agony (AmE advice) column (= replies to readers' letters on personal problems). One of the most popular magazines is Cosmopolitan, which also includes film and book reviews and advice on sex and careers. Other women's titles include Good Housekeeping, she and Elle.Magazines can be bought in supermarkets and bookshops, at bookstalls and news stands, and in Britain at a newsagent's. Some people take out a subscription (= make a yearly payment) to a magazine and have it sent by mail because it is cheaper.Many people do not buy magazines but read back copies (= old issues) put out in their doctor's or dentist's waiting room or at the hairdresser's. Libraries have a periodicals section containing newspapers and a selection of more serious magazines which people can read in the library.Many magazines are also available on the Internet and some, especially academic journals, are available only on the Internet. See related entries: Types of text, The press
  2. 2a radio or television programme that is about a particular topic a regional news magazine on TV a magazine programme/program See related entries: TV shows
  3. 3the part of a gun that holds the bullets before they are fired
  4. 4 a room or building where weapons, explosives and bullets are stored
  5. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French magasin, from Italian magazzino, from Arabic mak̲zin, mak̲zan ‘storehouse’, from k̲azana ‘store up’. The term originally meant ‘store’ and was often used from the mid 17th cent. in the title of books providing information useful to particular groups of people, whence senses (1) and (2) (mid 18th cent.). Sense (4), a contemporary specialization of the original meaning, gave rise to sense (3) in the mid 18th cent.Extra examples Check a listings magazine for what’s on this weekend. I leafed through some magazines in the waiting room. I never read magazines. Launching a magazine is a risky venture. She hit him with a rolled-up magazine. The hotel is regularly the location for glossy magazine shoots, The magazine carried an interview with the actor considered Hollywood’s hottest property. The magazine claimed that he was having an affair. The magazine comes out once a month. The magazine hits the newsstands this week. The magazine lists the latest films showing in cinemas. Which magazines do you get regularly? Why did you buy three copies of the same magazine? a company that publishes fashion magazines a magazine aimed at mothers with young children a magazine devoted to country life a trade magazine covering the furnishings industry an article in a women’s magazine the company’s in-house magazine the magazine section at the bookstore He was criticized for comments he made in a magazine interview. Her designer clothes were from the pages of a glossy magazine.
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