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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Meanwhile, thousands of villagers and residents of Maiduguri took up machetes or handmade muskets and joined a self-defence militia, the Civilian Joint Task Force (CJTF), that held the gates of the city. The Economist, "The fight against Islamic State is moving to Africa," 14 July 2018 Soon, armed men were marauding through the streets of the royal capital on motorbikes and by foot wielding machetes and sticks. Timothy Mclaughlin, WIRED, "How Facebook’s Rise Fueled Chaos and Confusion in Myanmar," 6 July 2018 The suspects assaulted the victim with a machete and a baseball bat, causing minor injuries, according to police. Lavendrick Smith, charlotteobserver, "Man was held captive and beaten for three nights in north Charlotte home, police say," 21 June 2018 Walking down the street, men called her homophobic slurs, threw rocks, or chased her with knives and machetes. Daniel González, azcentral, "Transgender women in migrant caravan face new struggles seeking asylum in U.S.," 29 May 2018 New Orleans investigators are searching for a man suspected of pulling a machete and threatening to kill two people, including his ex-girlfriend, the NOPD said Friday (April 27). Laura Mcknight,, "Man accused of using machete to threaten ex-girlfriend in Algiers: NOPD," 27 Apr. 2018 The victim also said Woolley had a machete and struck him over the head with it. Ivana Hrynkiw,, "Former Birmingham lawyer on trial for threatening to castrate man with bolt cutters," 28 Feb. 2018 Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, 15, was dragged out of a bodega in the Belmont neighborhood on Wednesday night and stabbed with machetes by several attackers in what investigators suspect was a case of mistaken identity by members of a gang. New York Times, "Seven Suspects Held in Slaying of Bronx Teen Lesandro Guzman-Feliz," 25 June 2018 Five alleged gang members have been arrested in New York and New Jersey in connection with the brutal killing of a 15-year-old boy who was dragged from a Bronx convenience store and attacked with machetes. Chris Harris,, "Video Shows Teen Being Dragged from NY Store and Stabbed with Machetes in 'Mistaken Identity' Killing," 25 June 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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: a large heavy knife used for cutting sugarcane and underbrush and as a weapon

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