hatch·​back ˈhach-ˌbak How to pronounce hatchback (audio)
: 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 The Polestar 2 electric hatchback has received adjustments for each model year it's been on sale, but 2024 is easily the biggest update yet. Car and Driver, 6 Sep. 2023 There is still a passionate community of enthusiasts who mourn when their favorite high-performance hatchback gets retired. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 5 Sep. 2023 This year, only the diminutive and spartan Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback is selling in that range. WSJ, 21 Aug. 2023 The cargo box comes with a swinging hitch mount that allows for easy tailgate or hatchback access without needing to remove the carrier. Talon Homer, Popular Mechanics, 10 Aug. 2023 Hyundai’s latest and greatest EV, the Ioniq 6, is ultra-aerodynamic and chic, eschewing the practicality associated with a hatchback or crossover shape (and the easy cargo storage that comes with that configuration), but for good reason. Rob Verger, Popular Science, 9 Aug. 2023 With hatchback and sedan sales out of vogue, Prius takes its battery act upscale where the customers are. cleveland, 5 Aug. 2023 The Rio subcompact was offered as a sedan and a hatchback, with both starting under $20,000. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, 23 Aug. 2023 In 2023, there was only one: the spartan Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback, which accounted for about 5,300 of the 7.7 million new vehicles sold in the U.S. in the first half of the year. Ben Foldy, WSJ, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hatchback was in 1970

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“Hatchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchback. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


hatch·​back ˈhach-ˌbak How to pronounce hatchback (audio)
: a back on an automobile having an upward-opening hatch
: an automobile having a hatchback

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