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 Sammy Johnson sharpens his small hatchet and prepares to grasp the base of each tobacco plant stem to cut with a single swipe of his blade. Douglas Hook, Hartford Courant, 21 Aug. 2022 The officer had pulled over a car June 3 and was standing at that driver’s window when Samaan pulled his vehicle up nearby, exited it and charged Tonkovich with a hatchet in his hand, Berlin said. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 18 Aug. 2022 But Cudi assured everyone this won't be a case of two stars beefing only to bury the hatchet, e.g. Drake. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 17 Aug. 2022 The letter goes on to say the hatchet disappeared and that Cruz had made a habit of punching holes in the walls of his home. Sun Sentinel, 25 Aug. 2022 The 22-year veteran Naperville police officer who shot a Naperville man who came at him with a hatchet June 3 was justified in his actions, DuPage State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said. Suzanne Baker, Chicago Tribune, 15 Aug. 2022 Vladimir Putin has unearthed the hatchet and buried all these efforts by our national talents. Dima Barch, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Aug. 2022 Smith dropped the hatchet but refused to listen to other commands. Susan Dunne, Hartford Courant, 31 July 2022 Authorities at the scene found a Glock 9 mm handgun, three extended magazines, two detonated smoke grenades, two non-detonated smoke grenades, a hatchet and keys to a U-Haul van, Essig said. Artemis Moshtaghian, CNN, 14 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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22 Sep 2022

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“Hatchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet. Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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More Definitions for hatchet


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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