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breast

noun \ ˈbrest \
|Updated on: 15 Jun 2018

Definition of breast

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
2 a : 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
4 a : something (such as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast
b : face 6

breasted

play \ˈbres-təd\ adjective

Examples of breast in a Sentence

  1. My breast heaved with emotion.

  2. a bird with an orange breast

  3. I ordered the grilled breast of chicken.

  4. a few slices of turkey breast

  5. Do you prefer a breast or a leg?

Recent Examples of breast from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of breast

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

breast Synonyms


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breast

verb

Definition of breast

breasted; breasting; breasts
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

Examples of breast in a Sentence

  1. I was at the race's finish line to see the winner breast the tape.

  2. breasted the diagnosis of cancer with fortitude and optimism

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First Known Use of breast

circa 1616

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BREAST Defined for English Language Learners

breast

Definition of breast for English Language Learners

  • : either one of the two soft parts on a woman's chest that produce milk when she has a baby

  • : the front part of a person's body between the neck and the stomach

  • : the chest thought of as the place where emotions are felt


breast

Definition of breast for English Language Learners

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


BREAST Defined for Kids

breast

noun \ ˈbrest \

Definition of breast for Students

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

breasted

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

Medical Dictionary

breast

noun \ ˈbrest \

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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