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Dictionary Definition



1 a periodic paperback publication; "it takes several years before a magazine starts to break even or make money" [syn: mag]
2 product consisting of a paperback periodic publication as a physical object; "tripped over a pile of magazines"
3 a business firm that publishes magazines; "he works for a magazine" [syn: magazine publisher]
4 a light-tight supply chamber holding the film and supplying it for exposure as required [syn: cartridge]
5 a storehouse (as a compartment on a warship) where weapons and ammunition are stored [syn: powder store, powder magazine]
6 a metal frame or container holding cartridges; can be inserted into an automatic gun [syn: cartridge holder, cartridge clip, clip]

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From magasin ("warehouse", "store") < magazzino ("storehouse") < (, "storerooms", "storehouses"), plural of (máχzan, "storeroom", "storehouse") < (χázana, "to store", "to stock", "to lay up").


  • /mæɡəˈzi:n/
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Extensive Definition

Magazines, periodicals or serials are publications, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, or both.


The various elements that contribute to the production of magazines vary wildly. Core elements such as publishing schedules, formats and target audiences are seemingly infinitely variable. Typically, magazines which focus primarily on current events, such as Newsweek or Entertainment Weekly, are published weekly or biweekly. Magazines with a focus on specific interests, such as Life Positive and Cat Fancy, may be published less frequently, such as monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. A magazine will usually have a date on the cover which often is later than the date it is actually published. Current magazines are generally available at bookstores and newsstands, while subscribers can receive them in the mail. Many magazines also offer a 'back issue' service for previously published editions.
Most magazines produced on a commercial scale are printed using a web offset process. The magazine is printed in sections, typically of 16 pages, which may be black-and-white, be in full colour, or use spot colour. These sections are then bound, either by stapling them within a soft cover in a process sometimes referred to as 'saddle-stitching', or by gluing them together to form a spine, a process often called 'perfect-binding'
Magazines are also published on the internet. Many magazines are available both on the internet and in hard copy, usually in different versions, though some are only available in hard copy or only via the internet: the latter are known as online magazines.
Most magazines are available in the whole of the country in which they are published, although some are distributed only in specific regions or cities. Others are available internationally, often in different editions for each country or area of the world, varying to some degree in editorial and advertising content but not entirely dissimilar


Magazines fall into two broad categories: consumer magazines and business magazines. In practice, magazines are a subset of periodicals, distinct from those periodicals produced by scientific, artistic, academic or special interest publishers which are subscription-only, more expensive, narrowly limited in circulation, and often have little or no advertising. Many business magazines are available only, or predominantly, on subscription. In some cases these subscriptions are available to any person prepared to pay; in others, free subscriptions are available to readers who meet a set of criteria established by the publisher. This practice, known as controlled circulation, is intended to guarantee to advertisers that the readership is relevant to their needs: they can assure their advertisers that most or all of their subscribers are in a position to buy the goods or services advertised. Very often the two models, of paid-for subscriptions and controlled circulation, are mixed. Advertising is also an important source of revenue for business magazines.

Other publications

Although similar to a magazine in some respects, an academic periodical featuring scholarly articles written in a more specialist register is usually called an "academic journal". Such publications typically carry little or no advertising. Articles are vetted by referees or a board of esteemed academics in the subject area.


The Gentleman's Magazine, first published in 1731, in London, is considered to have been the first general-interest magazine. Edward Cave, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term "magazine" (meaning "storehouse") for a periodical.
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magazine in Belarusian: Часопіс
magazine in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Часопіс
magazine in Bosnian: Magazin
magazine in Bulgarian: Списание
magazine in Catalan: Revista
magazine in Chuvash: Журнал
magazine in Czech: Časopis
magazine in Danish: Tidsskrift
magazine in German: Zeitschrift
magazine in Spanish: Revista
magazine in Esperanto: Revuo
magazine in Basque: Aldizkari
magazine in Persian: مجله
magazine in French: Magazine
magazine in Galician: Revista
magazine in Korean: 잡지
magazine in Indonesian: Majalah
magazine in Icelandic: Tímarit
magazine in Hebrew: כתב עת
magazine in Lithuanian: Žurnalas (spauda)
magazine in Malay (macrolanguage): Majalah
magazine in Dutch: Tijdschrift
magazine in Japanese: 雑誌
magazine in Norwegian: Tidsskrift
magazine in Norwegian Nynorsk: Tidsskrift
magazine in Narom: Magâsîn
magazine in Uzbek: Jurnal
magazine in Polish: Czasopismo
magazine in Portuguese: Revista
magazine in Russian: Журнал
magazine in Simple English: Magazine
magazine in Slovak: Časopis
magazine in Slovenian: Revija
magazine in Serbian: Модни часопис
magazine in Finnish: Aikakauslehti
magazine in Swedish: Tidskrift
magazine in Tagalog: Magasin
magazine in Thai: นิตยสาร
magazine in Turkish: Dergi
magazine in Ukrainian: Журнал
magazine in Walloon: Rivowe
magazine in Yiddish: מאגאזינע
magazine in Contenese: 雜誌
magazine in Chinese: 杂志

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