\ 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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Her pet rabbit, Cinnamon Bun, inhabits a hutch next to Smith’s four-poster bed. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "Once upon a time at the Smith house," 31 Aug. 2019 This isn’t your garden-variety–or even your rabbit-hutch–view of feminist sisterhood. Stephanie Zacharek, Time, "Female Friendships Are the Best, Until They Aren't," 20 June 2019 Adams will be the second signing completed under Ralph 'don't call me rabbit hutch' Hasenhuttl after the £14m deal for Moussa Djenepo from Standard Liege., "Transfer Rumours: Herrera's Next Move, Maguire Latest, Sarr to Newcastle or Watford & More," 18 June 2019 The video also shows filthy conditions in the calves' pens, overcrowded transport trucks, and temperature readings of more than 100 inside their hutches. CBS News, "3 charged with animal cruelty in connection with undercover Fair Oaks Farms video," 11 June 2019 Look into your china hutch for a treasured heirloom, or scoop up a few colorful and cheap ones from a yard sale. Sarah Shelton, Good Housekeeping, "10 Cheap and Cheerful Ways to Update Your Kitchen," 30 May 2019 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 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 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

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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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