Definitions for macheteməˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ma•chet•eməˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i(n.)(pl.)-chet•es.

  1. a heavy swordlike knife used as a cutting implement and weapon.

Origin of machete:

1825–35; < AmerSp, Sp, macho hammer 蠐 VL *mattea; see mace1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. machete, matchet, panga(noun)

    a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation

Wiktionary

  1. machete(Noun)

    A sword-like tool used for cutting large plants with a chopping motion. A machete's blade is usually 50 to 65 centimeters (cm) long, and up to three millimeters (mm) thick.

  2. machete(Verb)

    To cut or chop with a machete.

    After some hours of intense work, we had macheted a path through the jungle to the bank of the river.

  3. machete(Verb)

    To hack or chop crudely with a blade other than a machete.

    You can't just machete about with a rapier and expect to succeed; you need to thrust properly.

  4. Origin: From machete, diminutive of macho, from mattea, cognate with Old French machier, French massue, English mace.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Machete(noun)

    a large heavy knife resembling a broadsword, often two or three feet in length, -- used by the inhabitants of Spanish America as a hatchet to cut their way through thickets, and for various other purposes

Freebase

  1. Machete

    The machete is a large cleaver-like knife. The blade is typically 32.5 to 45 centimetres long and usually under 3 millimetres thick. In the Spanish language the word is the diminutive form of the word macho, which means male or strong and was used to refer to sledgehammers. In the English language, an equivalent term is matchet, though it is less commonly known. In the English-speaking Caribbean such as Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Grenada and in Trinidad and Tobago, the term "cutlass" is used for these agricultural tools.

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