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[huhch] /hʌtʃ/
a pen or enclosed coop for small animals:
rabbit hutch.
a chest, cupboard, bin, etc., for storage.
any of various chestlike cabinets, raised on legs and having doors or drawers in front, sometimes with open shelves above.
a small cottage, hut, or cabin.
a baker's kneading trough.
Origin of hutch
1275-1325; Middle English hucche, variant of whucce, Old English hwicce chest; not akin to Old French huge, huche (ch form apparently by contamination with English word)
1. cage, enclosure, cote. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hutch
  • Update an antique hutch or built-in buffet with a fresh coat of paint and a pretty fabric skirt.
  • hutch and the others don't have conversations: they exchange large blocks of moralizing discourse.
  • Search boxes are located in each hutch and play an important role in searching procedures.
  • These two workstations are moved to whichever hutch is currently using the detector.
  • Rabbits are a great option for folks with allergies because they can live in an outdoor hutch.
  • After exiting the hutch stand away from the hutch door and hold the station close button lights above the button turn green.
  • Enter the hutch only when the shutter is closed after pressing the door switch on the generator.
  • In the hutch, check that the height-adjustable magnet platform of the goniometer is at the prescribed distance.
  • The claimant placed the doses of medication in a hutch in the living room area of her brother's residence.
British Dictionary definitions for hutch


a cage, usually of wood and wire mesh, for small animals
(informal, derogatory) a small house
a cart for carrying ore
a trough, esp one used for kneading dough or (in mining) for washing ore
(transitive) to store or keep in or as if in a hutch
Word Origin
C14 hucche, from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for hutch

c.1200, "storage chest" (also applied to the biblical "ark of God"), from Old French huche, from Medieval Latin hutica "chest," of uncertain origin. Sense of "cupboard for food or dishes" first recorded 1670s; that of "box-like pen for an animal" is from c.1600.

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