breast·​bone | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

Definition of breastbone

Examples of breastbone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brisket is a pectoral muscle of the cow, covering the breastbone, between the foreleg and the short ribs (flanken), another popular Ashkenazi cut. Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2021 Turn chicken over and, using the ball of your hand, push on the breastbone to flatten. Kate Merker, Country Living, 20 June 2021 Flip the chicken, open it like a book, and press firmly on the breastbone to flatten., 18 June 2021 Vogue stylist Gabriella Karefa-Johnson dressed Bieber in a black cardigan secured only by a tiny gold button and a large gold paper clip at the breastbone for a recent beach fashion shoot in the magazine. Eliza Huber,, 9 July 2021 Run your fingers over the inside edges of the triangular split in your rib cage below your sternum, or breastbone. Dana Santas, CNN, 23 June 2021 The structured neckline, with buttons that start at the breastbone, was a provocative choice. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 15 May 2021 With a sharp knife, cut through the breastbone and spread out the chicken halves, leaving the backbone intact. Chuck Blount, San Antonio Express-News, 11 May 2021 Using ball of hand, push on breastbone to flatten out chicken. Kate Merker, Good Housekeeping, 21 Apr. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'breastbone.' 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 breastbone

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About breastbone

Time Traveler for breastbone

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near breastbone

breast board


breast collar

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for breastbone

Last Updated

1 Sep 2021

Cite this Entry

“Breastbone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for breastbone



English Language Learners Definition of breastbone

: a flat, narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected


breast·​bone | \ ˈbrest-ˈbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

Kids Definition of breastbone

: a flat narrow bone in the middle of the chest to which the ribs are connected


breast·​bone | \ ˈbres(t)-ˈbōn, -ˌbōn How to pronounce breastbone (audio) \

Medical Definition of breastbone

More from Merriam-Webster on breastbone

Nglish: Translation of breastbone for Spanish Speakers Encyclopedia article about breastbone


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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