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hatchet

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noun hatch·et \ˈha-chət\

Simple Definition of hatchet

  • : a small ax that has a short handle

Full Definition of hatchet

  1. 1 :  a short-handled ax often with a hammerhead to be used with one hand

  2. 2 :  tomahawk

Origin of hatchet

Middle English hachet, from Anglo-French hachette, diminutive of hache battle-ax — more at hash


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with hatchet



HATCHET Defined for Kids

hatchet

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noun hatch·et \ˈha-chət\

Definition of hatchet

  1. :  a small ax with a short handle




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hatchet

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noun hatch·et \ˈhach-ət\

Medical Definition of hatchet

  1. :  a dental excavator




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