breast

noun
\ ˈbrest \

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 \ 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

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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 particular, breast cancer and cervical cancer screening techniques and guidelines have changed pretty dramatically over the past few decades. Korin Miller, SELF, "Cancer Deaths Have Declined 27 Percent in 25 Years, But Not Everyone Is Seeing the Same Benefit," 8 Jan. 2019 Myriad’s research team, with help from the University of Utah and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, in 1994 won the race to isolate the BRCA1 breast-cancer gene. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Peter Meldrum Helped Found Myriad Genetics to Find Genes Linked to Inherited Cancers," 28 Dec. 2018 She's also used her platform to advocate for breast cancer awareness. Julyssa Lopez, Glamour, "Serena Williams Makes Forbes' Most Powerful Women List for the First Time," 7 Dec. 2018 Globally, breast cancer is the top cancer diagnosis in women of reproductive age. Julia Belluz, Vox, "Having kids leads to a small, but significant, increased risk of breast cancer," 14 Dec. 2018 Thanks to her, all senators now have the right to bring a child under one year old onto the floor and breast-feed during votes. Maira Kalman, Harper's BAZAAR, "Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Talks Her New Book and Praises Daring Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Posted by Maxamillian Kendall Neubauer on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Maximillian was happy to step in and be the first person to breast feed his daughter. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Photos of "breast-feeding" dad go viral," 3 July 2018 Update: Another Bachelor/Bachelor in Paradise alum, Amanda Stanton, is opening up about her recent breast augmentation. Alix Tunell, refinery29.com, "Bachelor Contestants Are Finally Getting Real About Their Boob Jobs," 31 May 2018 On her left breast is a large white star — also known as the Order of the Thistle emblem. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Queen Elizabeth II's Outfit in Her New Portrait Has a Hidden Meaning," 3 Dec. 2018

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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 Her blazer was equal party preppy tailoring as well as utilitarian chic, with two front cargo pockets and a double-breasted closure. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Wore Denim Bike Shorts in NYC," 11 Oct. 2018 With its pale color, single breasted design, and cherry blossom and bird embroidery, the look was unlike anything else featured on red carpets of late. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Timothée Chalamet Rewrites the Menswear Rules in Alexander McQueen," 25 Sep. 2018

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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

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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

: 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

verb

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

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

breast

noun
\ ˈbrest \

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 \

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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