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hope chest

hope chest

noun

: a chest or box in which a young woman keeps things (such as silverware and linen) that she will use after she gets married

Full Definition of HOPE CHEST

:  a young woman's accumulation of clothes and domestic furnishings (as silver and linen) kept in anticipation of her marriage; also :  a chest for such an accumulation

First Known Use of HOPE CHEST

1911

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