hatchet

noun hatch·et \ ˈha-chət \
Updated on: 14 Jan 2018

Definition of hatchet

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

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Origin and Etymology of hatchet

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


HATCHET Defined for English Language Learners

hatchet

noun

Definition of hatchet for English Language Learners

  • : a small ax that has a short handle


HATCHET Defined for Kids

hatchet

noun hatch·et \ ˈha-chət \

Definition of hatchet for Students

: a small ax with a short handle

Medical Dictionary

hatchet

noun hatch·et \ ˈhach-ət \

medical Definition of hatchet

: a dental excavator


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