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

Examples of machete in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Scott William Robertson, who had a gun and was fatally shot after failing to comply with officers’ commands, and Emanuel Oates, shot while carrying a machete after police chased him into a grocery. Washington Post, 12 Oct. 2021 Man arrested carrying machete, bayonet in truck near DNC headquarters. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 13 Sep. 2021 Ashley Olsen wearing yeezys, drinking beer, carrying a machete in the middle of the forest is my summer mood board. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, 11 July 2021 In the 1990s, one Astor Row neighbor began sleeping with a machete after repelling an intruder with a baseball bat. New York Times, 5 Nov. 2021 On December 28, 2019, a man wielding a machete broke into the home of a Hasidic rabbi in Monsey, New York, during a Hanukkah party. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 14 July 2021 No one’s a happy camper when there’s a mask-wearing, machete-wielding homicidal maniac running amok in the woods in this classic 1980 slasher flick. Los Angeles Times, 13 Aug. 2021 After doctors successfully removed the machete, his only concern was getting out of the hospital and getting high. Alaa Elassar, CNN, 18 July 2021 Rogel swung the machete at the dog and caused a laceration to one of his legs. Anchorage Daily News, 14 June 2021

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First Known Use of machete

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

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“Machete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of machete

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


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

Kids Definition of machete

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


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