The definition of a hatchet is a small ax with a sharp blade and a short handle.(noun)
An example of a hatchet is an Indian tomahawk.
See hatchet in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: ME hachet < OFr hachette, dim. of hache, an ax: see hachure
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Origin: Middle English hachet
Origin: , from Old French hachete
Origin: , diminutive of hache, ax
Origin: , of Germanic origin
Origin: ; akin to Old High German happa, sickle.
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