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magazine (n.)

1580s, "warehouse, place for storing goods, especially military ammunition," from French magasin "warehouse, depot, store" (15c.), from Italian magazzino, from Arabic makhazin, plural of makhzan "storehouse" (source of Spanish almacén "warehouse, magazine"), from khazana "to store up." The original sense is almost obsolete. Meaning "cartridge chamber in a repeating rifle" is by 1868; that of "a case in which a supply of cartridges is carried" is by 1892. 

The meaning "periodical journal containing miscellaneous writings" dates from the publication of the first one, Gentleman's Magazine, in 1731, which was so called from earlier use of the word for printed lists of military stores and information, or in a figurative sense, from the publication being a "storehouse" of information (originally of books, 1630s).

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Definitions of magazine

magazine (n.)
a periodic publication containing pictures and stories and articles of interest to those who purchase it or subscribe to it;
it takes several years before a magazine starts to break even or make money
Synonyms: mag
magazine (n.)
product consisting of a paperback periodic publication as a physical object;
tripped over a pile of magazines
magazine (n.)
a business firm that publishes magazines;
he works for a magazine
Synonyms: magazine publisher
magazine (n.)
a light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required;
Synonyms: cartridge
magazine (n.)
a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored;
Synonyms: powder store / powder magazine
magazine (n.)
a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun;
Synonyms: cartridge holder / cartridge clip / clip
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