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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in 1914–1915; formed as hat +‎ check.



hatcheck (plural hatchecks)

  1. (US) A room, in a theatre or other such venue, in which hats and other garments may be stored.
    • 1914–1915, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman (editors), Mother Earth Bulletin (Greenwood Reprint Corp.), series 1, volume 9, page 369
      Admission 25 cents—Hatcheck 15 cents.
    • 1919, George Sylvester Viereck, Viereck’s (The Fatherland Corp.), volume 10, page 155
      The following appeal in French and in English is handed out with the hatchecks in Henri’s Restaurant, Lynbrook, Long Island, of which Henri Charpentier is the amiable owner. Evidently this is not a restaurant to be patronized by persons who refuse to mix hate with their cocktails. It might, however, serve as headquarters for certain “friends” of German Democracy.
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Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1981; see háček.


hatcheck (plural hatchecks)

  1. Rare spelling of háček.
    • 1981, Dell H. Hymes, “In vain I tried to tell you”: Essays in Native American Ethnopoetics (2004), page 88, footnote 10
      For certain consonants normally represented with other diacritics (superposed “hatcheck,” subposed dot, bar) capitalization is used instead.
    • 2006, Ralph W. Fasold and Jeff Connor-Linton (editors), An Introduction to Language and Linguistics, pages 23–24
      In other transcription systems…[ʃ], [ʒ], [tʃ], and [dʒ] are written with hatchecks: [š], [ž], [č], [ǰ].
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:hatcheck.