Definition of Hotchkiss in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɒtʃkɪs/


  • Attributive Designating certain firearms invented by Hotchkiss or manufactured by the company he established, especially a carriage-mounted cannon with a set of revolving barrels, and also machine-guns developed by his successors.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Janesville Gazette. From the name of Benjamin Berkeley Hotchkiss, U.S. engineer, who invented certain firearms and established a company for their manufacture in France in 1867.