\ ˈhəch How to pronounce hutch (audio) \

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 hutch was old, scratched, and not super special, but Kellie Van (the blogger behind Le Zoe Musings) and her husband saw serious potential in it. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "An Old Hutch Gets a Second Life as 2(!) Pieces of Furniture," 18 Sep. 2015 They were hunted for thousands of years in Southwest France and the Iberian Peninsula; consumed as fetuses; kept by Romans and during Medieval times in warrens and hutches; and most recently bred as pets. James Gorman, New York Times, "Debunked: The Strange Tale of Pope Gregory and the Rabbits," 13 Feb. 2018 Unlike a credenza, sideboards typically have cabinets that extend to the floor, and can come with hutches that add additional space for displaying fine china or other decorative pieces. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "How to Choose the Perfect Credenza," 19 Dec. 2018 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

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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

US : 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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