Definition of Bren in English:

Bren

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Pronunciation: /brɛn
 
/
(also Bren gun)

noun

  • A lightweight quick-firing machine gun used by the Allied forces in the Second World War.
    More example sentences
    • After a noisy afternoon with a Bren firing 12 inches from my left ear, I was deafened.
    • It takes me back to the cadets, assembling or dissembling the Bren gun: piston, barrel, butt, body, bipod.
    • As he paused beside a large rock to reload his Bren gun, he was shot dead by a sniper.

Origin

1930s: blend of Brno (a town in the Czech Republic where it was originally made) and Enfield in England (site of the Royal Small Arms Factory where it was later made).

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