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Sten gun

noun
1.
a British light submachine gun.
Also called Sten.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England
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Sten gun

/stɛn/
noun
1.
a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
Word Origin
C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun
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Word Origin and History for sten

Sten

n.

type of light, rapid-fire submachine gun, 1942, from initials of surnames of designers R.V. Shepherd and H.J. Turpin + En(field) (see Bren).

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