a British light submachine gun.
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Origin of Sten gun
1940–45; R.V. S(hepherd) + H.J. T(urpin), the designers + En(field), England
Also called Sten.
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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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