hatch·​et ˈha-chət How to pronounce hatchet (audio)
: 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 The task has been assigned to Tim Mulligan, MTA’s deputy chief development officer, who’s been charged with taking a hatchet to the agency’s current capital plan. Evan Simko-Bednarski, New York Daily News, 22 June 2024 The exchange between Marina and Charli also seems to capture the pair publicly burying the hatchet after a falling out in 2016 over a photoshoot. Tomás Mier, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2024 All parties eventually buried the hatchet, with Wayne later comparing his own career and longevity to LeBron’s. Preezy Brown, VIBE.com, 18 June 2024 The two performers were involved in a years-long feud before burying the hatchet in December 2023. Andrea Flores, Los Angeles Times, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for hatchet 

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Word History


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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Hatchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


hatch·​et ˈhach-ət How to pronounce hatchet (audio)
: a small ax with a short handle

Middle English hachet "small ax, hatchet," from early French hachette, literally, "small battle-ax," from hache "battle-ax"; of Germanic origin — related to hash entry 1, hatch entry 4

Medical Definition


hatch·​et ˈhach-ət How to pronounce hatchet (audio)
: a dental excavator

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