\ ˈthach How to pronounce thatch (audio) \
thatched; thatching; thatches

Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cover with or as if with thatch



Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a plant material (such as straw) used as a sheltering cover especially of a house
b : a sheltering cover (such as a house roof) made of such material
c : a mat of undecomposed plant material (such as grass clippings) accumulated next to the soil in a grassy area (such as a lawn)
2 : something likened to the thatch of a house especially : the hair of one's head

Other Words from thatch


thatcher noun

Examples of thatch in a Sentence

Noun Mice were living in the thatch of the roof. We ate lunch in the shade under the thatch of a beachfront restaurant. her thatch of dark brown hair
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This shelter can be thatched with grass or mats, or it can be buried with a thick coat of leaf litter. Popular Science, 28 May 2020 Their eyelids are thatched with the loveliest lashes God ever loomed. Ron Charles, Washington Post, 12 Aug. 2019 The entrance usually faced the sea, the roof was thatched, and walls and floors were made from split bamboo that allowed breezes to move freely in and out. Scientific American, 25 Mar. 2020 Even their houses are often made of cross-thatched bamboo. National Geographic, 22 Jan. 2020 The lodge can accommodate up to 34 guests in its range of manor suites and thatched-roof cottages that face a tranquil river and brilliant red rocks where zebras roam. Karen Carmichael, National Geographic, 9 Dec. 2019 Visit the Cliffs of Moher, chat with locals over a traditional Irish breakfast, and wander past thatched-roof homes lining cobblestoned streets. National Geographic, 30 Sep. 2019 Visit the Cliffs of Moher, chat with locals over a traditional Irish breakfast, and wander past thatched-roof homes lining cobblestoned streets. National Geographic, 30 Sep. 2019 Accommodations in the park include lodges, thatched chalets, and campsites. Kitson Jazynka, National Geographic, 14 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun With over €120 million invested, the new 55-room hotel will be a sanctuary of modernity and wellness, designed by world-renowned architect Christoph Ingenhoven with sustainable materials including thatch. Nicole Trilivas, Forbes, 26 Dec. 2021 Motu Nao Nao's three thatch-roof villas are the brainchild of Polynesian designer Alain Fleurot. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 13 Dec. 2021 Wilderness Safaris Bisate Lodge in Rwanda is a lodge that sits on the edge of Volcanoes National Park and incorporates volcanic stone and bamboo, and also fiber-thatch strips that resemble leaf strips, but are made from recycled plastic. Everett Potter, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 The adults are nocturnal and rest during the day around the base of the plants (in the soil or thatch). oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 University of Florida researchers have proclaimed thatch one of the major causes of zoysia decline. Tom Maccubbin,, 3 July 2021 Palm thatch covers the two-story structures while the rooms are furnished with sleek teak furniture and jute chairs. Dobrina Zhekov, Vogue, 30 June 2021 The family lived in Panguana full-time with a German shepherd, Lobo, and a parakeet, Florian, in a wooden hut propped on stilts, with a roof of palm thatch. New York Times, 18 June 2021 Why Its intimate Chamilandu Bushcamp has just three thatch-and-reed houses on stilts in an ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River—authentic African wilderness magic. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, 2 June 2021

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First Known Use of thatch


14th century, in the meaning defined above


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for thatch


Middle English thecchen, from Old English theccan to cover; akin to Old High German decchen to cover, Latin tegere, Greek stegein to cover, stegos roof, Sanskrit sthagati he covers

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“Thatch.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (a roof) with dried plant material (called thatch)



English Language Learners Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: dried plant material (such as straw or leaves) that is used to make the roof of a building
: a roof made of thatch : a thatched roof
: a thick mass of hair on a person's head


\ ˈthach How to pronounce thatch (audio) \

Kids Definition of thatch

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a plant material (as straw) for use as roofing


thatched; thatching

Kids Definition of thatch (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cover (a roof) with straw or other plant material

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