Meaning of “handgun” in the English Dictionary

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"handgun" in British English

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handgunnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhænd.ɡʌn/ 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

(Definition of “handgun” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"handgun" in American English

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handgunnoun [ C ]

us /ˈhændˌɡʌn/

a small gun that is held in one hand when fired

(Definition of “handgun” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)