Meaning of “shotgun” in the English Dictionary

"shotgun" in British English

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shotgunnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈʃɒt.ɡʌn/ us /ˈʃɑːt.ɡʌn/

shotgun noun [ C ] (IN VEHICLE)

mainly US informal used to refer to the seat next to the driver in a car or other vehicle:

The kids took turns riding shotgun.
"Shotgun!", she shouted, and jumped into the passenger seat.
Has anyone called shotgun? If not, I do!

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

"shotgun" in American English

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shotgunnoun [ C ]

us /ˈʃɑtˌɡʌn/

a long gun that fires a large number of small metal bullets at one time, used esp. for hunting

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