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

Examples of hatchback in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire. Tom Krisher, Star Tribune, "GM: Software, new battery parts will solve Bolt fire issues," 29 Apr. 2021 Engineers at General Motors have figured out how to fix a battery problem with the Chevrolet Bolt electric hatchback that caused five of them to catch fire. Tom Krisher, Detroit Free Press, "GM: Software — available now to some Bolts — and new battery parts will solve fire issues," 29 Apr. 2021 The vast majority of hybrids are in the compact to midsize sedan and hatchback categories, with a growing number of crossovers and SUVs. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Hybrid Vehicles of 2021," 5 Apr. 2021 The compact hatchback known in Germany as the Golf will be renamed the Rabbit for the U.S. market. Patrick Bedard, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2007 Compact Car Comparison," 18 Nov. 2020 This particular widebody hatchback was the undisputed star of the Gymkhana Three video, which is nearly 11 years old and has garnered more than 66 million views on YouTube. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, "Not Your Dad’s Ford Fiestas: Ken Block Is Selling 3 of His Famed YouTube Rally Racers," 31 Mar. 2021 In addition, Polestar is offering the all-wheel-drive Polestar 2 in a more simplified configuration, allowing customers more power to customize their electric hatchback. Colin Beresford, Car and Driver, "2022 Polestar 2 Adds Front-Wheel-Drive Variant, More Configuration Choices," 13 Apr. 2021 Despite originally looking like a compact hatchback, the Bolt was always surprisingly fun to drive. Sam Abuelsamid, Forbes, "2022 Chevrolet Bolt EUV, A Bit More Of Everything But Range," 1 Mar. 2021 The Blade Runner-esque LF-Z is a crossover, with traces of a sedan, hatchback and SUV all present in its body. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, "Lexus’s Bold LF-Z Electric Car Concept Glimpses the Marque’s (Near) Future," 30 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of hatchback

1970, in the meaning defined above

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10 May 2021

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“Hatchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchback. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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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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