hatch·​et | \ ˈha-chət How to pronounce hatchet (audio) \

Definition of hatchet

1 : a short-handled ax often with a hammerhead to be used with one hand
2 : tomahawk

Examples of hatchet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although as Cohen pointed out, the two would eventually bury the hatchet and reunite after SNL to work together on 1980's Caddyshack, the incident s one that hasn't been forgotten. Andrea Towers, EW.com, 18 June 2021 The old fashioned hatchet-boss style can destroy employee morale and the company’s bottom line. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 12 June 2021 That tension, Norris said in a recent interview, spurred Gov. Sheffield to propose the time zone consolidation as a means of burying the hatchet between the two regions of the state jockeying for the capital. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 9 June 2021 Repeatedly attacked with hatchet blows to the head by Kevin Cooper. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 21 Mar. 2021 In the clip, he could be seen brandishing a hatchet while shirtless and yelling racial slurs at the Black Lives Matter protesters. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 19 Feb. 2021 The woman awoke early Wednesday to a masked man striking her in the head with a hatchet, Alaska State Troopers said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 The group discussed which weapons could be carried in D.C. — a city known for its strict firearms laws — and Taylor suggested bringing a hatchet, bat or large metal flashlight. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 11 June 2021 The hatchet missed and lodged into a door in their Macon home, the outlet reported. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 May 2021

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First Known Use of hatchet

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for hatchet

Middle English hachet, from Anglo-French hachette, diminutive of hache battle-ax — more at hash

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The first known use of hatchet was in the 14th century

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12 Jul 2021

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“Hatchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hatchet

: a small ax that has a short handle


hatch·​et | \ ˈha-chət How to pronounce hatchet (audio) \

Kids Definition of hatchet

: a small ax with a short handle


hatch·​et | \ ˈhach-ət How to pronounce hatchet (audio) \

Medical Definition of hatchet

: a dental excavator

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