\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Definition of breast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult human females and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged
2a : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen
b : the part of an article of clothing covering the breast
3 : the seat of emotion and thought : bosom
4a : something (such as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast


breasted; breasting; breasts

Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to contend with resolutely : confront breasting the waves
2 chiefly British : climb, ascend
3 : to thrust the chest against the sprinter breasted the tape

Other Words from breast


breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd How to pronounce breast (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for breast

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Verb

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Examples of breast in a Sentence

Noun My breast heaved with emotion. a bird with an orange breast I ordered the grilled breast of chicken. a few slices of turkey breast Do you prefer a breast or a leg? Verb I was at the race's finish line to see the winner breast the tape. breasted the diagnosis of cancer with fortitude and optimism See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun After a long battle with breast cancer, Newton-John died at the age of 73. Maggie Horton, Country Living, 13 Aug. 2022 Olivia had spent the last three decades battling breast cancer, a disease that John lost his own wife, Kelly Preston, to back in July 2020. Annie O’sullivan, Good Housekeeping, 13 Aug. 2022 Tickets are $5, and proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society — fitting, as Newton-John spent years fighting breast cancer, and was a tireless advocate for cancer research. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 13 Aug. 2022 Luckily, her breast cancer was discovered at stage 1 in 2013. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2022 Newton-John first battled breast cancer in 1992 – her diagnosis came the same weekend her father died of cancer. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 And just seeing how everyone deals with breast cancer in their lives has just been extraordinary. Tamara Hardingham-gill, CNN, 12 Aug. 2022 Her mother was undergoing challenges of her own at the same time; when Jennette was 2 years old, Debra was diagnosed with breast cancer. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 11 Aug. 2022 After being diagnosed for breast cancer in 1992, the disease returned in 2013. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 11 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Here’s an easy pot sticker recipe that can be made with pigeon or any number of other game meats. 8 pigeons, breasted¼ cup ginger, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1 head Napa cabbage, sliced 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced 2 carrots, julienned 2 Tbsp. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 30 Apr. 2020 On Plum Island, there were 16 Northern shovelers, eight red-grebes, two rough-legged hawks, and a yellow-breasted chat., 23 Dec. 2019 Few people pluck snows, and the birds are typically breasted. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 2 Apr. 2020 From the menswear brand's Winter 2019 collection, the monochrome look consisted of a double-breasted jacket over a matching shirt, skinny tie, and trousers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Sep. 2019 In fact, business suits with ties were few and far between on Milan runways, while jackets took on an array of shapes beyond the traditional notched lapel or double-breasted looks. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2020 Sandwiched in between her husband and her son, Victoria grounded the trio of tailored looks in a white double-breasted ensemble which was deliberately oversized. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 4 Sep. 2019 The black pleated pants, the black bell sleeve turtleneck sweater, and the gingham plaid double breasted coat. Katie Intner,, 7 Nov. 2019 Working with stylist Kate Young, Gomez wore a checkered, double-breasted suit by Frame to cap off of her slew of winning looks. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of breast


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breast


Middle English brest, from Old English brēost; akin to Old High German brust breast, Old Irish brú belly, Russian bryukho

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\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Kids Definition of breast

1 : either of the two enlarged soft parts on a woman's chest that contain a gland that produces milk when she has a baby
2 : the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach He held the treasure to his breast.
3 : the front part of a bird's body below the neck

Other Words from breast

breasted \ ˈbre-​stəd \ adjective a red-breasted bird


\ ˈbrest How to pronounce breast (audio) \

Medical Definition of breast

1 : either of the pair of mammary glands extending from the front of the chest in pubescent and adult females of humans and some other mammals also : either of the analogous but rudimentary organs of the male chest especially when enlarged
2 : the fore or ventral part of the body between the neck and the abdomen

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