- 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