from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bottle, holding about two fifths of a gallon (1.5 liters), for wine or liquor.
  • n. The amount of liquid that this bottle can hold.
  • n. A magnum cartridge or firearm.
  • adj. Of or relating to a cartridge containing a larger explosive charge than other cartridges of the same size.
  • adj. Designed to shoot magnum cartridges.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bottle of wine containing 1.5 liters of fluid, double the volume of a standard bottle.
  • n. A gun calibre larger than, or derived from, a smaller similar cartridge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having a larger charge than usual for a cartridge of the same caliber; -- of cartridges for handgun.
  • adj. Designed to use a cartridge with a larger charge than usual for handguns of the same caliber; -- of handguns.
  • n. A large wine bottle.
  • n. A bone of the carpus at the base of the third metacarpal bone.
  • n. A magnum pistol, or the cartridge such a pistol uses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A large wine-bottle, usually twice the size of the ordinary bottle used for the same kind of wine.
  • n. The quantity of wine contained in such a bottle: as, a magnum of port.
  • n. Pl. magna (-nä). In anatomy, the largest bone of the human carpus, in the distal row, between the trapezoid and the unciform, in special relation with the head of the middle metacarpal bone: more fully called os magnum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a large wine bottle for liquor or wine


From Latin, neuter of magnus, great; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin magnum ("great") (Wiktionary)



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