\ˈhəch \

Definition of hutch 

1a : a chest or compartment for storage

b : a cupboard usually surmounted by open shelves

2 : a pen or coop for an animal

3 : shack, shanty

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Synonyms for hutch


cabin, camp, hooch (or hootch) [slang], hovel, hut, hutment, shack, shanty

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Examples of hutch in a Sentence

the destitute family lives in a tiny hutch made of tin and cardboard keeps her best china in a hutch in the dining room

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The hutches and tables often looked like they had been kicked in or smashed up by someone. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, "Fla. shooting suspect had a history of explosive anger, depression, killing animals," 6 Mar. 2018 The resulting radiation is focused into intense beams, in this case high-energy X-rays, which travel through each hutch. Henrik Knudsen, Smithsonian, "Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia," 26 June 2018 The buyer sent a check for $1,750, stating that the additional $750 was to pay for shipping the hutch to a Wisconsin address. Julie A. Short/special To,, "Resident fall victim to Craigslist scam: Bay Village Police Blotter," 10 May 2018 The dining room is supersized for large family gatherings, and also shows off a hutch, a buffet and a fireplace. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 93 Shunpike Road, Cromwell," 26 Oct. 2017 The pantry leads to the expansive dining room with a fireplace, double crown molding, a built-in hutch with glass doors and inlay walls. Karen A. Avitabile,, "Property of the Week: 112 Stoner Drive, West Hartford," 1 Feb. 2018 The hutch had multiple roosting points and three nesting boxes for its feathered flock that includes Beanie, a Cuckoo Maran, Fella, a Jersey Giant, and Betty White, a Babcock White Leghorn. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, "Food Policy Council of San Antonio sponsors chicken coop tour," 14 Apr. 2018 The department spent $31,561 on a new table, chairs and hutch, after declaring that the old one wasn't repairable. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "From $31,000 dining sets to costly flights: Ethical dilemmas of the Trump administration," 22 Mar. 2018 Scott's disgruntled letter was sent a day after members of a House Appropriations subcommittee peppered Carson with questions about the $31,561 purchase of a table, chairs and hutch. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "Republican Sen. Tim Scott wants answers from Ben Carson on the $31,000 dining set," 21 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of hutch

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for hutch

Middle English huche, from Anglo-French

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English Language Learners Definition of hutch

: a piece of furniture that is used for displaying and storing dishes

: an enclosed area or cage for an animal


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Kids Definition of hutch

1 : a low cupboard usually having open shelves on top

2 : a pen or coop for an animal

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