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

Examples of hatchet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Glad these two have buried the hatchet, ending one of the most unexpected—and aesthetically pleasing—celebrity social media beef of all time. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, "Martha Stewart and Queer Eye Star Antoni Porowski's Instagram Feud, Explained," 31 July 2020 Robinson and Aguilar, the complaint says, used a hatchet or ax and a machete-type of knife to dismember the body. Kelsey Bradshaw, USA TODAY, "Texas woman tied to slaying of Fort Hood soldier Vanessa Guillen appears in court," 7 July 2020 But taking a hatchet to anything having to do with police is a tricky proposition in San Antonio where police, firefighters and their respective unions have traditionally been overwhelmingly popular. Joshua Fechter, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio activists want to gut police union’s power amid George Floyd protests," 15 June 2020 He and Crenshaw put on a show of unity, cracking jokes and burying the hatchet on live late night TV before millions of viewers. Paul Cobler, Dallas News, "Once butt of Saturday Night Live joke, Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw has last laugh with ‘cultural guidebook’," 14 May 2020 Our people had to literally use hatchets to cut through the forests. Debra Utacia Krol, azcentral, "'We never forgot': Why the Irish are helping Navajo and Hopi tribes hit by pandemic," 8 May 2020 Joni Money said the elderly woman told deputies a white male broke into her home, demanded money and hit her in the head with a blunt object, believed to be a hatchet. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, "85-year-old woman assaulted with hatchet during Jefferson County home invasion; 2 in custody," 22 Apr. 2020 The Portland Police Bureau said no one was injured in the incident and a hatchet was recovered from the doughnut shop. Jordan Culver, USA TODAY, "Police in Oregon say a man robbed a doughnut shop with an ax. He was found eating a doughnut.," 9 Mar. 2020 March 22, Maple Fest, Covenant Harbor, Lake Geneva: Enjoy an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast and activities including hatchet throwing, inflatables and an indoor climbing wall. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Tap trees and taste maple syrup at these events in Wisconsin in 2020," 27 Feb. 2020

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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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4 Aug 2020

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“Hatchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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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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