breast

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noun

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
2
a
: 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
4
a
: something (such as a front, swelling, or curving part) resembling a breast
breasted adjective

breast

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verb

breasted; breasting; breasts

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

Example Sentences

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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
P!nk will also be returning to the AMAs stage to dedicate a performance to the late artist Olivia Newton-John, who passed away earlier this year after a long battle with breast cancer. Sabrina Park, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Nov. 2022 In 2009, Meyer was one of 40 authors who lent their star power to the Project Book Babe fundraiser, which had been started to help Hochhalter with her medical bills after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Kimi Robinson, The Arizona Republic, 17 Nov. 2022 Applegate, a real-life breast-cancer survivor, beat the disease in 2008. Marisa Sullivan, Peoplemag, 16 Nov. 2022 The obituary does not list a cause of death, but has called on mourners to make a donation in Herrin's memory to the American Cancer Society to support prevention research and treatment of breast cancer. Jessica Wang, EW.com, 16 Nov. 2022 The women in the study have sisters with breast cancer but don’t have it themselves. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 16 Nov. 2022 In 2017, with her beloved husband John Easterling by her side, Olivia revealed the news that her breast cancer had returned and metastasized to her sacrum. Nancy Gould Chuda, Town & Country, 15 Nov. 2022 The American Cancer Society says scientific evidence does not support the theory that abortions raise the risk of breast cancer. Kavitha Surana, ProPublica, 15 Nov. 2022 Abrams adds that breast milk banks affiliated with the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, which typically send their supply to NICUs to help premature infants, have been seeing an uptick in donations. Andrea Marks, Rolling Stone, 22 May 2022
Verb
Here’s an easy pot sticker recipe that can be made with pigeon or any number of other game meats. 8 pigeons, breasted¼ cup ginger, minced 2 eggs, beaten 1 head Napa cabbage, sliced 2 bunches of scallions, thinly sliced 2 carrots, julienned 2 Tbsp. Cosmo Genova, Field & Stream, 30 Apr. 2020 On Plum Island, there were 16 Northern shovelers, eight red-grebes, two rough-legged hawks, and a yellow-breasted chat. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Dec. 2019 Few people pluck snows, and the birds are typically breasted. Brad Fenson, Outdoor Life, 2 Apr. 2020 From the menswear brand's Winter 2019 collection, the monochrome look consisted of a double-breasted jacket over a matching shirt, skinny tie, and trousers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Sep. 2019 In fact, business suits with ties were few and far between on Milan runways, while jackets took on an array of shapes beyond the traditional notched lapel or double-breasted looks. Washington Post, 13 Jan. 2020 Sandwiched in between her husband and her son, Victoria grounded the trio of tailored looks in a white double-breasted ensemble which was deliberately oversized. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 4 Sep. 2019 The black pleated pants, the black bell sleeve turtleneck sweater, and the gingham plaid double breasted coat. Katie Intner, PEOPLE.com, 7 Nov. 2019 Working with stylist Kate Young, Gomez wore a checkered, double-breasted suit by Frame to cap off of her slew of winning looks. Vogue, 28 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English brest, from Old English brēost; akin to Old High German brust breast, Old Irish brú belly, Russian bryukho

First Known Use

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of breast was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Breast.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/breast. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

breast 1 of 2

noun

1
: either of two milk-producing glands extending from the front of the chest in the human female and some other mammals
also : mammary gland
2
: the front part of the body between the neck and the abdomen
3
: the center of emotion
4
: something resembling a breast
breasted adjective

breast

2 of 2

verb

: to face or oppose bravely : confront
breasted the waves
breast a storm

Medical Definition

breast

noun

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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