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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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Their place was taken by an immense wilderness of bamboo, which grew so thickly that we could only penetrate it by cutting a pathway with the machetes and billhooks of the Indians.
At the same time he growled out loud, as if he hated himself, 'I'm a fool.' What he had done was to pick up a cane-knife--you know the kind, as big as a machete and as heavy.
'Please determine the facts before being influenced, the police are investigating and hunting down the individual who removed the machetes in the case,' he told Bernama.
Armed men on Sunday, invaded a post-graduate hall of the University of Ibadan (UI) exactly a month after a similar incident in the institution, injuring students with machetes and carted away their belongings.
TWO machetes were found hidden during a drugs raid after a late-night police chase.
The prosecution told the court that Mr Rapach and his family members were beaten senseless by attackers armed with machetes and clubs, who broke into their grass-thatched house that day.
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TWO huge machetes were discovered in an abandoned car in Skelmersdale.
THESE shocking images show the moment a vicious gang armed with machetes attack at a man in the street in broad daylight.
A man will be questioned today by police hunting a skull mask-wearing gang who used machetes in a string of terrifying armed raids - bringing the number of arrests up to five.
The moment the thugs, who were brandishing hammers and machetes, repeatedly smashed the car was caught on camera by the passenger in the car behind.
A SUNNY Bank Holiday Monday in Greenhead Park was interrupted by teenagers armed with machetes.