Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A 9-millimeter submachine gun used chiefly by British and Commonwealth forces during World War II and the Korean War.

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  • noun A family of British 9 mm submachine guns used extensively by British and Commonwealth forces throughout World War II and numerous other conflicts.

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  • noun a lightweight British submachine gun

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[After the names of its designers, Colonel Reginald V. S(hepherd) and Harold J. T(urpin), and En(gland), on the model of Bren gun.]

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STEN is an acronym, deriving from the names of the weapon’s chief designers, Major Reginald Sheperd and Harold Turpin, and ENfield, the location of the Royal Small Arms Factory (RSAF) at Enfield Lock in London.

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