handgun definition, meaning - what is handgun in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “handgun”

See all translations


noun [C] uk   us   /ˈhænd.ɡʌn/
a gun that can be held in one hand and does not need to be supported against the shoulder when you shoot with it
Translations of “handgun”
in Chinese (Traditional) 手槍…
in Russian легкое огнестрельное оружие…
in Turkish elde taşınabilir/tutulabilen silah…
in Chinese (Simplified) 手枪…
in Polish pistolet…
(Definition of handgun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of handgun?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “handgun” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More