An honor guard holding a carbine.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- a rifle with a short barrel, orig. for use by cavalry
- ☆ a light, semiautomatic or automatic rifle of relatively limited range
Origin: French 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
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Origin: French carabine, from Old French carabin, soldier armed with a musket, perhaps from escarrabin, gravedigger, from scarabee, dung beetle; see scarab.