noun breast·plate \ˈbres(t)-ˌplāt\

: a piece of metal that covers a person's chest and that was part of the protective clothing (called armor) that soldiers wore in the past

Full Definition of BREASTPLATE

:  a usually metal plate worn as defensive armor for the breast — see armor illustration
:  a vestment worn in ancient times by a Jewish high priest and set with 12 gems bearing the names of the tribes of Israel
:  a piece against which a worker's breast is pressed in operating a tool (as a breast drill)

First Known Use of BREASTPLATE

14th century


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BREASTPLATE Defined for Kids


noun breast·plate \ˈbrest-ˌplāt\

Definition of BREASTPLATE for Kids

:  a piece of armor for covering the breast


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