breastplate

noun
breast·​plate | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌplāt How to pronounce breastplate (audio) \

Definition of breastplate

1 : a usually metal plate worn as defensive armor for the breast — see armor illustration
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 : a piece against which a worker's breast is pressed in operating a tool (such as a breast drill)

Examples of breastplate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's Magazine, "Troys and Girls," 30 Mar. 2020 Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's Magazine, "Troys and Girls," 30 Mar. 2020 Two relatively small targets affording maximum bloody access were the neck and the groin, i.e., exposed areas at the top and bottom of the breastplate. Anne Carson, Harper's Magazine, "Troys and Girls," 30 Mar. 2020 Two relatively small targets affording maximum bloody access were the neck and the groin, i.e., exposed areas at the top and bottom of the breastplate. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "Troys and Girls," 2 Mar. 2020 Anybody whose jaw has dropped at Floyd Mayweather Jr. making his way to a match (gladiatorially, in a bronzed breastplate; in a Mexican-flag robe and shorts, complete with sombrero and hype-man 50 Cent) can attest: Nobody wants dignity anymore. Wesley Morris, New York Times, "Deontay Wilder’s Costume Was Heavyweight Camp," 26 Feb. 2020 Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's Magazine, "Troys and Girls," 30 Mar. 2020 Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's Magazine, "Troys and Girls," 30 Mar. 2020 Killing a man in full bronze armor—helmet, breastplate, greaves—was not an easy task. Anne Carson, Harper's magazine, "Troys and Girls," 2 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of breastplate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Breastplate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breastplate. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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breastplate

noun
How to pronounce breastplate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of breastplate

: 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

noun
breast·​plate | \ ˈbrest-ˌplāt How to pronounce breastplate (audio) \

Kids Definition of breastplate

: a piece of armor for covering the breast

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