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 These include the Buick Enclave SUV, Chrysler Pacifica minivan, GMC Canyon midsize pickup and Volkswagen GTI hatchback. NBC News, "This might be one of the best weekends — ever — to buy a new car," 18 May 2020 And the Atlantic has published evocative photos of families packed into their cars or squeezed together in open hatchbacks at drive-ins found not only in California and Florida, but also Germany and South Korea. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Drive-in movies are proving popular in a pandemic—just like 70 years ago," 25 Apr. 2020 The silver concept of the Lyriq sat beside the concept of another future Cadillac EV, the Celestiq sedan, a stunning pearl white aerodynamic sedan with a long front hood and a hatchback tail. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM unveils 10 future EVs, new batteries and its plan to beat Tesla," 4 Mar. 2020 Eventually Washington acquired a 1982 Ford Mustang; the hatchback didn’t close, and parts of the interior were held together with duct tape. Alex Pappademas, New York Times, "He’d Always Been Thundercat, Whether He Knew It or Not," 25 Mar. 2020 My three adult passengers were conveyed in comfort, and the hatchback easily swallowed all our stuff. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The 2019 Audi A7 might be all the car anyone ever needs," 24 June 2019 Volkswagen currently is releasing the new ID.3 hatchback and will offer a compact SUV sibling later this year to be sold in Europe, China and the U.S. Ford is rolling out the Mustang Mach-E later this year. Houston Chronicle, "An economic crash will slow the electric vehicle revolution, not stop it," 20 Mar. 2020 That time is only a little bit slower than a 3 hatchback’s 7.3-second measurement. Tony Quiroga, Car and Driver, "Mazda CX-30 Channels the Mazda 3 to Good Effect," 24 Feb. 2020 The suspects' car is described as a white four-door hatchback with different front and rear wheels, possibly a Dodge Caliber, with unknown license plate number. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Porch package thefts reported in city of Brookfield," 31 Oct. 2019

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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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29 May 2020

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“Hatchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchback. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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