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 Chevy’s smallest car, the sub-subcompact Spark hatchback, will be sent packing this fall because of declining sales. Jim Gorzelany, Forbes, 10 Aug. 2022 Affected models include the 2016 Audi TT Roadster, TT Coupe, S3 Sedan, R8 Coupe, A3 Sedan, A3 Sportback e-tron, A3 Cabriolet, Golf SportWagen, Golf R, Golf GTI and Golf Mk7 and the battery-electric e-Golf hatchback. Rob Wile, NBC News, 8 Aug. 2022 Mini claims the Aceman previews a future production vehicle that will fit in between the Cooper hatchback and Countryman subcompact SUV. Sasha Richie, Car and Driver, 26 July 2022 Murray, who was driving the hatchback and suffered serious injuries, was airlifted to an Anchorage hospital. Anchorage Daily News, 20 July 2022 As a Buzz is rolled along the conveyor belt, a worker wearing gloves climbs inside the back, and three workers on the belt help a robot arm nudge the hatchback into place. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 While that high-dollar price and the fastback hatchback's ultra-high performance make every example relatively exclusive, Audi is releasing a more exclusive, limited-production version appropriately dubbed the RS7 Exclusive Edition. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, 9 July 2022 There were three people in the hatchback, including the driver and the 1-year-old. Adriana Pérez, Chicago Tribune, 20 June 2022 With no frunk, all of your storage space is under the hatchback. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, 17 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of hatchback

1970, in the meaning defined above

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14 Aug 2022

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“Hatchback.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchback. Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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