hatch·​back | \ˈhach-ˌbak \

Definition of hatchback 

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

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While electric sedans and hatchbacks are proliferating, nobody has tried to build a serious electric SUV or pickup truck. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The Bollinger B2 Is the Beefy Electric Truck We've Been Waiting For," 10 Oct. 2018 Mercedes debuted a European hatchback version in the spring, but revealed this sedan—the version that will go on sale in America later this year—at an event in Brooklyn last night. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 A-Class Is How Mercedes Wants To Hook You," 26 July 2018 Despite its sedan body and the smallest amount of cargo space with the rear seats up, the Accent had room for more of our carry-on cases than did its more practically shaped hatchback corporate cousin, the Kia Rio. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "2018 Hyundai Accent," 24 Jan. 2018 Pedro Cisneros, 54, was driving south in the 3500 block of North Federal Highway when his blue Scion hatchback veered off the road and began rolling before hitting a black Volkswagen Jetta, Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman Casey Liening said. Susannah Bryan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Man killed in predawn crash in Fort Lauderdale, police say," 6 May 2018 Today, station wagons occupy the tiniest of niches, while sleek sedans and hatchbacks sell far better. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "2019 Audi RS5 Sportback: America First," 29 Mar. 2018 Volvo will build a number of other vehicles based on CMA, but don't be surprised if the XC40 is the only one sold in the U.S. Buyers here aren't exactly clamoring for compact sedans, hatchbacks and station wagons. Mark Phelan, chicagotribune.com, "Want a new Volvo every year? Subscription service starts with XC40 crossover," 26 Dec. 2017 Hyundai brought the new Veloster hatchback to Detroit. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "A flaming superhero car and dieting trucks at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show," 20 Jan. 2018 But the Sportbrake handles much more composed in and out of corners than performance crossovers that barely pass for anything more than a hatchback, like the Alfa Romeo Stelvio. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "Review: 2018 Jaguar XF Sportbrake is no family truckster," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of hatchback

1970, in the meaning defined above

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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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