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Bren gun

or bren gun

  1. a .303-caliber, gas-operated, air-cooled, clip-fed submachine gun.
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Origin of Bren gun

1935–40; Br(no), Moravia + En(field), England, towns of manufacture
Also called Bren, bren.
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Historical Examples

  • Then they began to make war, to slay people and to bren villages and to do many sore displeasures.

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    Jean Froissart, Thomas Malory, Raphael Holinshed

British Dictionary definitions for bren

Bren gun

  1. an air-cooled gas-operated light machine gun taking .303 calibre ammunition: used by British and Commonwealth forces in World War II
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Word Origin

C20: after Br (no), now in the Czech Republic, where it was first made and En (field), England, where manufacture was continued
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Word Origin and History for bren


type of machine gun used by the British army in World War II, 1937, short for Bren gun, coined from first letters of Brno, Czechoslovakia, and Enfield, near London. The patent was purchased in Brno, and the gun was manufactured in Enfield.

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