Ka·​lash·​ni·​kov kə-ˈlash-nə-ˌkȯf How to pronounce Kalashnikov (audio)
: a Soviet-designed assault rifle
especially : ak-47

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web He was issued a Kalashnikov rifle, 120 bullets, an armored vest and a helmet for the assault. Andrew E. Kramer, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Apr. 2023 The parent company of the firm that designed the drone, the Kalashnikov Group, a major Russian weapons manufacturer, has publicly challenged the West’s technology restrictions. Matina Stevis-gridneff, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2023 The Gramsh military plant opened in 1962 to produce AK-47, or Kalashnikov, rifles. Ap, Bloomberg.com, 21 Aug. 2022

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Word History


after Mixail Timofeevič Kalašnikov †2013 Soviet weapons designer

First Known Use

1969, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Kalashnikov was in 1969

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“Kalashnikov.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Kalashnikov. Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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