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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from breast

Noun

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for breast

Synonyms: Noun

belly, blood, bone(s), bosom, core, gut, heart, heartstrings, inner space, inside, quick, soul

Synonyms: Verb

beard, brave, brazen, confront, dare, defy, face, outbrave, outface

Antonyms: Verb

dodge, duck, funk, shirk, sidestep

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Chicken companies spent decades breeding birds to grow rapidly and develop large breast muscles. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Fast-Growth Chickens Produce New Industry Woe: ‘Spaghetti Meat’," 10 Mar. 2019 Pat chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and drizzle with half of lemon juice, then sprinkle with thyme and ½ tsp each salt and pepper. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Spring Sauté," 7 Mar. 2019 Her breasts droop; her navel frowns; her ankles bulge; her shoulders slump. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "Searching for Myself in Alice Neel’s Radical Portraits," 26 Feb. 2019 Place chicken, breast side up, on a rimmed baking sheet. Taylor Murray, Country Living, "Sweet-and-Spicy Chicken With Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Asparagus," 21 Feb. 2019 And while the Markles have made their feelings very very public, the royals, true to form, are playing it close to the breast. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Prince Charles Is Reportedly "Very Sympathetic" to Meghan Markle's Situation with Her Father," 20 Aug. 2018 The detectives said in affidavits that while dancing topless, Ms. Clifford pressed patrons’ faces into her chest and fondled the breasts of some women in the audience. New York Times, "Charges Against Stormy Daniels Dismissed After Arrest at Strip Club," 12 July 2018 Rub a little of the oil on the chicken breasts, sprinkle them with 1 teaspoon salt, and fit them into the pot. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "How to dry-braise chicken and banish badly poached bouncy meat," 27 June 2018 Finish the cooking, with the grill covered, as directed in your recipe; for most steaks, boneless chicken breasts or thighs, that means 4 to 7 minutes more. Jeanmarie Brownson, charlotteobserver, "Control the heat to grill the perfect steak," 26 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The Duchess wore a red, double-breasted coatdress and matching hat. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Recycles a Red Catherine Walker Coatdress to Celebrate Commonwealth Day," 11 Mar. 2019 Her version, however, was a knee-length double breasted coat. Rose Minutaglio, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Channels Princess Diana In a Lace, Button-Up Gown," 9 Nov. 2018 Cary Grant, here in 1953, wears the black-tie look that was the standard for decades: a black single-breasted tuxedo with a white shirt and bow tie. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Who Is He Wearing? Male Stars Take Red-Carpet Fashion Risks," 2 Jan. 2019 Her black two-piece suit looked both classic and modern, effortlessly chic with a double breasted jacket, rolled up sleeves, wide leg trousers and a high neck shirt. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Elizabeth Olsen's New Blonde Hair With Wispy Bangs is the Epitome of Olsen Style," 11 Dec. 2018 In a wool coat with a double breasted cut and an A-line velvet dress, Markle looked polished and her cheerful color palette elevated the classic pieces. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Finds an Affordable Statement Coat Ahead of the Holidays," 21 Nov. 2018 Also gracing the red carpet early on in the night was RuPaul who spoke with reporters in a white double-breasted suit by Calvin Klein, adorned with a few black Statues of Liberty. Sasha Savitsky, Fox News, "'Black-ish' actress Jenifer Lewis dons Nike sweatshirt at Emmy Awards," 18 Sep. 2018 The 21-year-old makeup mogul was in Houston, Texas for an appearance at Ulta Beauty, greeting fans wearing a hot pink double-breasted suit made of silk. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Kylie Jenner Showed Up to Work as "Business Barbie” and It’s a Mood," 20 Nov. 2018 RuPaul spoke with reporters in a white double-breasted suit by Calvin Klein, adorned with a few black Statues of Liberty. Leanne Italie, The Seattle Times, "Emmys: Jenifer Lewis stands with Nike with studded swoosh," 17 Sep. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'breast.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of breast

Noun

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

Verb

circa 1616, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about breast

Statistics for breast

Last Updated

22 Mar 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for breast

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for breast

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on breast

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with breast

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for breast

Spanish Central: Translation of breast

Nglish: Translation of breast for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of breast for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about breast

Comments on breast

What made you want to look up breast? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt-painting-a-young-scholar-and-his-tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!