Carbine Definition

kärbēn, -bīn
carbines
noun
A rifle with a short barrel, orig. for use by cavalry.
Webster's New World
A light, semiautomatic or automatic rifle of relatively limited range.
Webster's New World
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Other Word Forms of Carbine

Noun

Singular:
carbine
Plural:
carbines

Origin of Carbine

  • French carabine from Old French carabin soldier armed with a musket perhaps from escarrabin gravedigger from scarabee dung beetle scarab

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French carabine

    From Wiktionary

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