hatch·​back | \ ˈhach-ˌbak How to pronounce hatchback (audio) \

Definition of hatchback

: an automobile the back of which consists of a hatch that opens upward also : the back itself

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Amelia Hoffman slams on the gas and screams obscenities out the window as her hatchback hurtles across the open field. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "If You Can't Beat It, Code It," 17 Dec. 2018 General Motors reiterated Tuesday that it is committed to an all-electric future and will increase production of its Bolt hatchback this year to meet worldwide demand. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM plans expanded Bolt production, 20 new electric vehicles by 2023," 12 June 2018 Kia has pulled the curtain off its third-generation European hatchback prior to its debut next month at the Geneva auto show. Greg Fink, Car and Driver, "Ceed Planted: New Kia Ceed Unveiled, Could Preview Upcoming Forte5," 15 Feb. 2018 Some of the great performance-plus-practicality hatchbacks—the Ford Focus, for instance—appear not long for this crossover-mad world. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "Hatchbacks Aren't Dead, They're Just Weird Small Crossovers Now," 30 Aug. 2018 Most of the test vehicles are VW Golf hatchbacks, which speaks to AID’s key role as the urban autonomous driving technology supplier for all Volkswagen Group brands like VW, Audi, and Porsche. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Audi pulls the curtain back on its self-driving car program," 18 Dec. 2018 The 2018 Cruze diesel hatchback strikes a good balance of functionality, civility and driving satisfaction, especially with current discounts. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Chevy’s smooth diesel Cruze hatchback boasts 600-mile range," 12 May 2018 Only the Mirai fuel cell hybrid and Yaris hatchback sells in smaller numbers, both recently at around 200 a month. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Toyota Land Cruiser: An heirloom original," 30 Mar. 2018 To stay competitive in this contracting compact segment, Hyundai redesigned the 2018 Elantra GT hatchback to hit dealer lots this summer. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Hyundai Elantra Sport holds its own against Honda Civic, Mazda3," 15 May 2017

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First Known Use of hatchback

1970, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hatchback was in 1970

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English Language Learners Definition of hatchback

: a door that opens upward on the back of a car also : a car that has such a door

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of or relating to a parable or parabola

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