breast

noun
\ 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

breast

verb
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

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Other Words from breast

Noun

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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In the profile, it is revealed his wife, Laura, died of breast cancer in 2019. Megan Becka, cleveland, 16 June 2021 As of Thursday afternoon, 2,875 people had signed up, including 301 survivors of breast cancer. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, 11 June 2021 Black women do worse than white women with breast cancer. Joel Zinberg, National Review, 9 June 2021 She was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in late 2015. San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 June 2021 In 2015, Shannen received her initial breast cancer diagnosis. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 8 June 2021 In 2012, the F.D.A. revoked its approval of the drug Avastin as a breast cancer treatment after additional studies did not show enough benefit. New York Times, 7 June 2021 Doherty revealed in February 2020 that she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. Korin Miller, Health.com, 7 June 2021 In Dallas, items such as eggs, chicken breast, ground beef and sandwich bread increased by more than 5% at one time, according to NBC. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 1 June 2021 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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, PEOPLE.com, 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

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First Known Use of breast

Noun

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

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for breast

Noun

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

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The first known use of breast was before the 12th century

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18 Jun 2021

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“Breast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breast. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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breast

noun

English Language Learners Definition of breast

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: either one of the two soft parts on a woman's chest that produce milk when she has a baby
old-fashioned + literary : the front part of a person's body between the neck and the stomach
literary : the chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt

breast

verb

English Language Learners Definition of breast (Entry 2 of 2)

formal : to push against or move through (something) with your chest forward

breast

noun
\ 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

breast

noun
\ 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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