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a British light submachine gun.
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Also called Sten.
Origin of Sten gun
1940–45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England
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How to use Sten gun in a sentence
In summe heo sten stille; mucle ane stunde, L 25121, ane is the acc.
Though twice beaten Sten Sture had no thought of giving up the fight.
For twenty-seven years Sweden remained without a king, under the wise rule of Sten Sture.
The wise Lord Sten quickly fathomed the king's thoughts and answered that the boy was too young to be taken from his parents.
The body of Sten's young son was also disinterred, and the two were carried to the great funeral pile to be burnt with the others.
British Dictionary definitions for Sten gun
/ (stɛn) /
a light 9 mm sub-machine-gun formerly used in the British Army and Commonwealth forces, developed during World War II
Word Origin for Sten gun
C20: from s and t (initials of Shepherd and Turpin, the inventors) + -en, as in Bren gun
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