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Definition of derringer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

derringer

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a small US hand gun. It was invented in 1825 by Henry Deringer and was popular in the Wild West because a person could hide it easily, even in the hand. Derringers are still popular today and often kept by Americans in their homes for protection.