Definition of Parabellum in English:


Syllabification: Par·a·bel·lum
Pronunciation: /ˌparəˈbeləm


A make of automatic pistol or machine gun.
More example sentences
  • This automatic pistol was known to its users as the P 08 or, from the name of its cartridge, the Parabellum: the term Luger is Anglo-American.
  • The Germans, being as cunning and devious as they are known to be, soon developed the 9mm Parabellum for their Luger military pistol.
  • The 9mm Parabellum was the most common round in the world, and he was sure that if he looked hard enough, he could find replacement bullets.


early 20th century: from Latin para bellum, from para! 'prepare!' (imperative of parare) + bellum 'war'.

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