- a rifle with a short barrel, orig. for use by cavalry
- a light, semiautomatic or automatic rifle of relatively limited range
Origin of carbineFrench carabine from carabin, mounted rifleman from Old French escarrabin, corpse bearer during the plague (lit., probably “carrion beetle,” used as epithet for archers from Flanders) from scarabée: see scarab
A lightweight rifle with a short barrel.
Origin of carbineFrench carabine from Old French carabin soldier armed with a musket perhaps from escarrabin gravedigger from scarabee dung beetle ; see scarab .
- A smaller lighter version of an existing rifle with a shortened barrel.
- brace in