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 The homeowner described hearing through the door the rhythmic thwacks of the machete. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "'He looked like the devil': LaPlace resident's bloody encounter with machete murder suspect," 26 Oct. 2020 Mejia Santel refused the deputies’ commands to show his hands, grabbed a machete, and ran to a bathroom inside the apartment. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Machete-wielding Florida man dies in officer-involved shooting," 18 Oct. 2020 Duncan Coles lops the head off a juvenile coconut tree with a practiced swing of his machete. Kenneth R. Weiss, Science | AAAS, "To save this palm-filled paradise, biologists must kill the trees," 27 Aug. 2020 The duo climbed a chain link fence and squeezed into the thorny chaparral that Wright and his oldest son, Daniel, once had hacked at with a machete to no avail. Vincent T. Davis,, "Retired major helps uncover long-lost African American cemetery in San Antonio neighborhood," 19 Oct. 2020 One of her brothers was shot, a friend of the family was murdered, and another friend had his fingers chopped off with a machete after a local gang member mistook him for a member of a rival gang. Antonio Olivo, Washington Post, "Virginia suburb once known for Corey Stewart gets a new provocateur: A Latina Republican," 17 Oct. 2020 In 2015, a Karen teenager who had arrived in New Bern less than two years earlier walked next door to where another refugee family from Myanmar lived and killed three children with a machete. Hannah Beech, New York Times, "‘We Were Bulletproof’: As Child Soldiers Grow Up, Legacy of War Lingers," 12 Oct. 2020 No evidence corroborated Hung's account, the agent says, and officers who searched his truck found a loaded Glock handgun, a 15-round magazine, a machete, an 18-inch metal pipe, a megaphone and $3,200 in cash, according to the affidavit. NBC News, "Man who drove into California protesters used vineyard as 'tactical training camp,' officials say," 24 Sep. 2020 The police records, filed in Broward County Circuit Court, also reveal for the first time the extent of weapons found in Dovi’s Jeep: an 18-inch machete, razors, two saws and 20 various knives. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Killer armed with machete likely ambushed homeless men at night, records show," 4 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of machete

circa 1575, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2020

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“Machete.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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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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