breastplate

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noun breast·plate \ˈbres(t)-ˌplāt\

Definition of breastplate

  1. 1 :  a usually metal plate worn as defensive armor for the breast — see armor illustration

  2. 2 :  a vestment worn in ancient times by a Jewish high priest and set with 12 gems bearing the names of the tribes of Israel

  3. 3 :  a piece against which a worker's breast is pressed in operating a tool (such as a breast drill)

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First Known Use of breastplate

14th century


BREASTPLATE Defined for English Language Learners

breastplate

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Definition of breastplate for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of metal that covers a person's chest and that was part of the protective clothing (called armor) that soldiers wore in the past


BREASTPLATE Defined for Kids

breastplate

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noun breast·plate \ˈbrest-ˌplāt\

Definition of breastplate for Students

  1. :  a piece of armor for covering the breast


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