An example of a hatchet is an Indian tomahawk.
- To stop fighting; make peace.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of hatchet
- Middle English hachet from Old French hachete diminutive of hache ax of Germanic origin Old High German happa sickle
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From French hachette, diminutive of hache (“axe”), from Old High German hāppa (“reaper, sickle”).