Definition of hatchet noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈhætʃɪt//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhætʃɪt//
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  • a small axe (= a tool with a heavy blade for chopping things) with a short handle
  • Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French hachette, diminutive of hache ‘axe’, from medieval Latin hapia, of Germanic origin.Idioms
    bury the hatchet, bury your differences
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    to stop being unfriendly and become friends again After not speaking to each other for years, the two brothers decided to bury the hatchet.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hatchet