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 (mə-shĕt′ē, -chĕt′ē)
A large heavy knife with a broad blade, used as a weapon and an implement for cutting vegetation.
tr.v. ma·chet·ed, ma·chet·e·ing, ma·chet·es
1. To cut with a machete: macheted the undergrowth.
2. To attack, wound, or kill with a machete.

[Spanish, diminutive of macho, sledge hammer, alteration of mazo, club, probably from maza, mallet, from Vulgar Latin *mattea, mace; see mace1.]


(məˈʃɛtɪ; -ˈtʃeɪ-) or


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a broad heavy knife used for cutting or as a weapon, esp in parts of Central and South America
[C16 macheto, from Spanish machete, from macho club, perhaps from Vulgar Latin mattea (unattested) club]


(məˈʃɛt i, -ˈtʃɛt i)

n., pl. -chet•es.
a heavy swordlike knife used as a cutting implement and weapon.
[1825–35; < American Spanish, Sp, macho hammer « Vulgar Latin *mattea; see mace1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.machete - a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetationmachete - a large heavy knife used in Central and South America as a weapon or for cutting vegetation
knife - a weapon with a handle and blade with a sharp point
bozótvágó késmachete


[məˈtʃeɪtɪ] Nmachete m


[məˈʃɛti] nmachette f


nMachete f, → Buschmesser nt


[məˈʃɛtɪ] nmachete m inv
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The officer, an Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), was macheted to death by suspected Fulani herdsmen during an operation in a forest on the Saki-Ogbooro Road in Oke-Ogun area of the state.
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Traumatic death, where they were trampled to death, stabbed, macheted, shot or hung, or whatever .
I got macheted to death and I spent a day with fake intestines hanging out of me, which was pretty gory but good fun.
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