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A 9-millimeter submachine gun used chiefly by British and Commonwealth forces during World War II and the Korean War.
[After the names of its designers, Colonel Reginald V. S(hepherd) and Harold J. T(urpin), and En(gland), on the model of Bren gun.]
(Military) a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
[C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun]
a British light submachine gun.Also called Sten.
[1940–45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(gland)]
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|Noun||1.||Sten gun - a lightweight British submachine gun|
submachine gun - machine gun that is a portable automatic firearm
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