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 The woman awoke early Wednesday to a masked man striking her in the head with a hatchet, Alaska State Troopers said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 The group discussed which weapons could be carried in D.C. — a city known for its strict firearms laws — and Taylor suggested bringing a hatchet, bat or large metal flashlight. Clare Hymes, CBS News, 11 June 2021 The hatchet missed and lodged into a door in their Macon home, the outlet reported. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 28 May 2021 Offering a glimpse into a world of money, power, and tradition that has for years had an outsized impact on the way the country operates, the novel uses a scalpel where others might deploy a hatchet. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, 26 May 2021 If your father figure loves an adventure, equip him for whatever may come his way with the RoverTac 14-in-1 hatchet. Jon Winkler, USA TODAY, 21 May 2021 Later that night, Cora grabs a hatchet and the okra seeds from her garden plot (and her mother’s before her) before leaving. Steffan Triplett, Vulture, 14 May 2021 His knife is hefty enough to use as a wood-cutting hatchet and fine enough to fashion snares. Adam Nemett, Rolling Stone, 14 May 2021 Taking a hatchet to anything having to do with police is a tricky proposition in San Antonio, where police, firefighters and their unions are effective at turning out their supporters for elections. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Apr. 2021

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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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18 Jun 2021

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“Hatchet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hatchet. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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