Meaning of “pistol” in the English Dictionary

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"pistol" in British English

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pistolnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpɪs.təl/ us /ˈpɪs.təl/

a small gun that is held in and fired from one hand:

a loaded pistol
an automatic pistol

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

"pistol" in American English

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pistolnoun [ C ]

us /ˈpɪs·təl/

a small gun which can be held in and fired from one hand

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