carbine

noun car·bine \ ˈkär-ˌbēn , -ˌbīn \

Definition of carbine

1 :a short-barreled lightweight firearm originally used by cavalry
2 :a light short-barreled repeating rifle that is used as a supplementary military arm or for hunting in dense brush

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Origin and Etymology of carbine

French carabine, from Medieval French carabin carabineer

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CARBINE Defined for English Language Learners

carbine

noun

Definition of carbine for English Language Learners

  • : a short, light rifle


CARBINE Defined for Kids

carbine

noun car·bine \ ˈkär-ˌbēn , -ˌbīn \

Definition of carbine for Students

:a short light rifle


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