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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When the women were arrested, police found propane gas tanks, soldering tools, car bomb instructions, jihadist literature, machetes and several knives in their homes, the release said. Jay Croft, CNN, "2 women plead guilty in plot to commit terror attack in US," 24 Aug. 2019 Firearms, toy guns painted to look like a firearm, metal knives or machetes are not allowed. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Here's everything you need to know about the 2019 Louisville Zombie Walk," 21 Aug. 2019 Video surveillance showed Guzman-Feliz, who wanted to be a police officer, being dragged out of a Bronx bodega on his back by a group of men and then repeatedly punched and slashed by long knives and a machete. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Machete killing of Bronx teen in case of mistaken identity leads to five convictions," 15 June 2019 McGinnis’s older children would later tell authorities that their father hit them with boards, pulled their hair and threatened them with a machete. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "Her ‘predator’ stepfather held her captive for 19 years. A grocery store conversation changed everything.," 13 June 2019 Two of the hikers escaped, called 911 at 2:30 a.m. and reported being chased by a man with a machete, the affidavit states. al, "Man accused of fatal knife attack on Appalachian Trail had scared hikers for weeks: authorities," 14 May 2019 But a national police spokesman disputed the allegation that demonstrators were killed, saying one soldier died and three police officers injured when protestors stormed a district chief’s office with arrows and machetes. Time, "Protests in West Papua Have Turned Violent Amid an Internet Blackout. Here's What to Know," 29 Aug. 2019 In his bedroom, decorated with bayonets, pistols and trench art, was also a machete. David M. Zimmer, USA TODAY, "America's first mass shooting: 70 years ago, a WWII veteran killed 13 of his neighbors," 28 Aug. 2019 The step-father, who is 42 years old, was airlifted in serious condition with several stab wounds from the machete. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Couple wanted for machete attack on woman's stepfather in Clodine," 27 Aug. 2019

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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


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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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