- a wine bottle holding about 1.5 liters, about twice as much as the usual bottle
- [usuallyM-] a firearm, esp. a revolver, designed to fire magnum cartridges
Origin of magnumL, neuter singular of magnus, great: see magni-
of or pertaining to a cartridge having more explosive force than an ordinary cartridge of its size would
- Of or relating to a cartridge containing a larger explosive charge than other cartridges of the same size.
- Designed to shoot magnum cartridges.
- A magnum cartridge or firearm.
- a. A bottle, holding about two fifths of a gallon (1.5 liters), for wine or liquor.b. The amount of liquid that this bottle can hold.
Origin of magnumFrom Latin neuter of magnus great ; see meg- in Indo-European roots.
(plural magnums or magna)
- magnum opus
From Latin magnum (“great")