ma·​chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē, -ˈche-; -ˈshet\

Definition of machete

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

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There, police found physical evidence, such as a bloodstained ax and a machete, according to copies of the case files reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexicans, Hit by Murder Wave, Face Long, Often Futile Wait for Justice," 25 Dec. 2018 Horrifying security video from a bodega shows a group of young men dragging Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, out of the Cruz and Chiky Grocery on Wednesday and attacking him with knives and a machete. John Bacon, USA TODAY, "Arrest made in murder of Bronx teen whose bloody murder was caught on video," 25 June 2018 Wendig largely matter-of-fact and supportive about the idea that Sykes was charging through the woods murdering people with a machete, Sykes blissfully naïve and eager for more words of wisdom about his inevitable doom. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "In You Might Be the Killer, a Twitter thread expands into a horror-comedy — barely," 5 Oct. 2018 The victims were lured to a park and attacked with machetes, knives and clubs. Fox News, "Mom honored by Trump after MS-13 killed her daughter is struck, killed by SUV near memorial site," 15 Sep. 2018 On December 13, 2013, an eighteen-year-old student entered Arapahoe High School with a shotgun, a machete, three Molotov cocktails, and 125 rounds of ammunition. Lara Sorokanich, Popular Mechanics, "What Littleton Learned," 1 Aug. 2018 After Chandler Belaston was sentenced to 25 years in prison for murdering his father with a machete and crowbar, his mother begged Circuit Judge Debra Nelson for the opportunity to reach out and touch her son. Michael Williams,, "Oviedo man sentenced to 25 years for murdering father with crowbar," 18 May 2018 Behind him were dozens of knives — some as big as a machete — that pageant workers have amassed over the decades to make their works. Bradley Zint,, "Pageant of the Masters provides a preview of this summer’s show," 5 June 2018 His right arm is raised high with a cutlass (a machete). Longreads, "Kara Walker’s Subtlety," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of machete

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


ma·​chete | \ mə-ˈshe-tē \

Kids Definition of machete

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

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