breastplate

noun
breast·plate | \ ˈbres(t)-ˌplāt \

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)

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Ideally the fantasy shouldn’t feature fake Gaelic-sounding names, breastplates or women with long flowing hair, but even there my resolve has been known to fail. New York Times, "Lydia Millet: By the Book," 7 June 2018 Ditto Janus Stefanowicz’s costumes, which juxtapose contemporary outfits with medieval-seeming tunics and breastplates for the men and red velvet for Guenevere. Julia M. Klein, Philly.com, "Act II Playhouse's 'Camelot' a scaled-down yet powerful portrayal," 27 May 2018 In the middle of it all, more than 300 exhibitors and vendors lined up along fictional lanes such as Silicone Valley and Glamazon Lane, selling everything from breastplates and wigs to fan merchandise. Marie E. Hobro, latimes.com, "RuPaul’s DragCon LA returns for its fourth year," 22 May 2018 The birds, about a foot in length, had a robe of deep black feathers, accented by a breastplate of metallic bluish‐green feathers that turned purple in the right light. National Geographic, "How an Obsession With Rare Bird Feathers Turned Criminal," 23 Apr. 2018 My favourite application of bronze has always been the cuirass (breastplate), shield, spear, sword and greaves of the Spartan soldiers. Wei Koh, A-LIST, "How the Watch Industry Plundered the Periodic Table," 3 Apr. 2018 Fentz even worked his way through his routine in a golden breastplate. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Game of Thrones," 18 Feb. 2018 Doubling down on the theme, Fentz even wore a golden breastplate and had a glove obscuring his hand in a nod to Jaime Lannister’s missing hand. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Pink Floyd, 'Game of Thrones,' Imagine Dragons & David Bowie Spice Up Olympics Ice Skating," 16 Feb. 2018 The steel, a kind of breastplate bolted together from two separate sheets and once painted green, is the size and shape of a 1920s automobile roof, though Mr. Grosvenor made it himself. Will Heinrich, New York Times, "What to See in Los Angeles Art Galleries This Week," 31 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of breastplate

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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breastplate

noun

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 \

Kids Definition of breastplate

: a piece of armor for covering the breast

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