ma·​chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē How to pronounce machete (audio) , -ˈche-; -ˈshet\

Definition of machete

: a large heavy knife used for cutting sugarcane and underbrush and as a weapon

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Woody vines require loppers, such as the Fiskars PowerGear2; a bank blade, such as the 12-inch double-edge ditch blade from Council Tool; or a machete, such as the justifiably famous Woodman’s Pal. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019 In January police in La Mesa, Calif., arrested a 39-year-old man suspected of a machete killing in 2006. Allysia Finley, WSJ, "The Making of a DNA Detective," 15 Feb. 2019 Neither Jung nor Workman gave information about how the machete or the golf club were involved in the fight, police said. Kayla Fitzgerald, sacbee, "Two arrested after fighting with golf club and machete, Redding police say," 13 June 2018 Burglars got into a house in Everett and tried to use this machete on a mom... who chased them down and tacked them anyway! Jessica Oh, ajc, "Mom tackles intruder armed with machete in home invasion north of Seattle," 2 July 2018 The two were attacked in their home: One was killed; the other was shot and struck by a machete but survived, then placed into the witness protection program with a new identity. Jeff Truesdell,, "4 Things You’ll Learn About the Murderous Nation of Yahweh on People Magazine Investigates: Cults," 22 June 2018 Mattson’s group landed on a jungle strip so isolated that it’s hand-trimmed by machete. Bryce Miller,, "Meet Kevin Mattson, the most fished-crazed person in San Diego," 2 Mar. 2018 Alfredo had run away from home after his father, a ranch hand, had slashed his mother’s arms and belly with a machete in a jealous rage. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Mexico’s New Focus to Stem Violent Culture: Children," 26 Jan. 2019 Surveillance footage showed Guzman-Feliz being dragged from the store by his attackers, who were seen repeatedly stabbing the teen with a machete. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "13th suspect arrested in Bronx teen 'Junior' Guzman's killing, police says," 27 Aug. 2018

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circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of machete

: a large, heavy knife that is used for cutting plants and as a weapon


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Kids Definition of machete

: a large heavy knife used for cutting sugarcane and underbrush and as a weapon

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