hatch·​et | \ ˈha-chət \

Definition of hatchet

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

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At the same time, the two countries recognize mutual strategic interests and the two leaders appeared prepared to bury the hatchet ahead of the trip, which runs until Saturday. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 The stepdaughter, Karen Navarra, was found dead in her house on Thursday, September 13, from multiple deep and instantly incapacitating skull wounds likely inflicted using a small hatchet or axe, according to a police report and autopsy. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Fitbit data used to charge 90-year-old man in gruesome hacking murder case," 5 Oct. 2018 Police responded to the scene, but were unable to track the vehicle or locate the hatchet, WCBV-TV reported. Stephen Sorace, Fox News, "Men threw hatchet at black teen, yelled racial slurs, police say," 7 June 2018 Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart star in this period piece drama / horror film based off the true story of Lizzie Borden, who’s believed to have murdered her father and step mother with a hatchet. Jacob Kastrenakes, The Verge, "New trailers: Venom, If Beale Street Could Talk, and more," 4 Aug. 2018 Firefighter Roald Hoppel displayed and explained the uses for various items carried on a fire engine, including hatchets, water hoses, the jaws of life and a thermal indicator camera. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Local art students honor firefighters with community art," 2 Mar. 2018 Even doing a medicine ball throw (into the wall) can mimic the movement of tossing a hatchet. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Axe Throwing: the Hot New Happy Hour Alternative and Low-Key Workout," 20 July 2018 Prosecutors said Cooper left the hatchet sheath and the button there. latimes.com, "'They framed me': On death row for decades, Kevin Cooper pushes for new DNA tests in Chino Hills murders," 8 July 2018 The 60-year-old inmate was convicted of the 1983 Los Angeles-area hatchet and knife killings of four people. Bob Egelko, San Francisco Chronicle, "Momentum grows to re-examine California case of convicted Death Row inmate," 18 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of hatchet

: a small ax that has a short handle


hatch·​et | \ ˈha-chət \

Kids Definition of hatchet

: a small ax with a short handle


hatch·​et | \ ˈhach-ət \

Medical Definition of hatchet

: a dental excavator

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