Simple Definition of chest
: a container (such as a box or case) for holding things or moving them from place to place
: the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach
Full Definition of chest
1 a : a container for storage or shipping; especially : a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongings b : a cupboard used especially for the storing of medicines or first-aid supplies
2 : the place where money of a public institution is kept : treasury; also : the fund so kept
Examples of chest in a sentence
He has a broad chest.
The pain is in my upper chest.
Origin of chest
Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper
First Known Use: before 12th century
CHEST Defined for Kids
Definition of chest for Students
1 : a container (as a box or case) for storing, safekeeping, or shipping <tool chest> <treasure chest>
2 : the front part of the body enclosed by the ribs and breastbone
3 : a fund of public money <a community chest to benefit the needy>
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