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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ She was, like, putting out this monthly zine called Dorothy or something, in which her life was chronicled.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

zine \zine\, 'zine \'zine\(z[=e]n), n. [shortened from magazine.] A publication similar to a magazine[4] but in electronic rather than printed form, maintained as data files on a computer and accessible via the world wide web.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1965, short for fanzine.


n. A low-circulation, non-commercial publication of original or appropriated texts and images, especially one of minority interest.


A zine ( ; an abbreviation of fanzine or magazine) is most commonly a small circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images usually reproduced via photocopier.

A popular definition includes that circulation must be 1,000 or fewer, although in practice the majority are produced in editions of fewer than 100, and profit is not the primary intent of publication. They are informed by anarchopunk and DIY ethos.

Zines are written in a variety of formats, from desktop published text to comics to handwritten text (an example being the hardcore punk zine Cometbus). Print remains the most popular zine format, usually photocopied with a small circulation. Topics covered are broad, including fanfiction, politics, poetry, art and design, ephemera, personal journals, social theory, riot grrrl and intersectional feminism, single-topic obsession, or sexual content far outside of the mainstream enough to be prohibitive of inclusion in more traditional media. The time and materials necessary to create a zine are seldom matched by revenue from sale of zines.

In recent years a number of photocopied zines have risen to prominence or professional status and have found wide bookstore and online distribution. Notable among these are Giant Robot, Dazed & Confused, Bust, Bitch, Cometbus, Doris, Brainscan, The Miscreant, and Maximum RocknRoll.

Usage examples of "zine".

Worlds Posted: November 2001 Letters To The Editor Dear HuMan Editor: We aliens of planet Zak wanted you to know that one of our FAVE HuMan authors -- Tony Chandler, whose tales regularly appear at your fine and prestigous Zine, now has his first novel in paperback!

Web site of a music zine called misterlittle: Hot Flash: ex-Chinawhiteboy sells out, peddles junk-slop, ends up cap-pig cancerous bigtiiime!

There was this zine, dinky little rag that wanted to do a story on us.

Handsomely designed and lovingly illustrated, this zine deserves your patronage so that it might continue to flourish, benefiting us all.

Through their example of boldness, determination, and offbeat eclecticism, other publishers and editors and writers have been moved to galvanize the formerly moribund zine scene.

And alternative zines were sometimes little more than glorified fan-club bulletins.

Most of the zines seemed to be little more than adolescent hobby junk.

There had been only minor interest from the zines, whose commentators asked why our radionics were so inaccurate.

She dug around in the pile of notes and print zines and letters on the ancient writing desk at her elbow.

Some are returned, the rest are thrown on the floor in a corner on top of a pair of gum shoes, an overturned statuette of the Winged Victory, and a pile of old magazines containing a picture of the editor in the act of reading the latest copy of Le Petit Journal, right side up - you can tell by the illustrations.

On his return, he carefully lifted all the maga- zines from the boxes and set them in separate piles atop a redwood picnic table beside the pit.

He is scarcely buried before old magazines and newspapers are ransacked in search of matters which, for reasons sufficient to him, he had carefully excluded from the definitive edition of his collected writings.

He craned over the screen, seeing an Oerlikon gunner directly below him, strapped by his harness, while his gloved hand beat an urgent tattoo on the breech as his assistant hoisted a full maga zine into place.

There had been only minor interest from the zines, whose commentators asked why our radionics were so inaccurate.

Phrack and other zines historically have merely reposted incorrect newspaper reports which can cause the hackers covered even more damage.