chest

noun \ ˈchest \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of chest

1 a : a container for storage or shipping; especially : a box with a lid used especially for the safekeeping of belongings
b : a cupboard used especially for the storing of medicines or first-aid supplies
2 : the place where money of a public institution is kept : treasury; also : the fund so kept
3 a : thorax 1; especially : the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs and sternum
b : breast 2a
  • a hairy chest

chestful

play \-ˌfu̇l\ noun

Examples of chest in a Sentence

  1. He has a broad chest.

  2. The pain is in my upper chest.

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Origin and Etymology of chest

Middle English, from Old English cest, cist chest, box, from Latin cista, from Greek kistē basket, hamper



CHEST Defined for English Language Learners

chest

noun

Definition of chest for English Language Learners

  • : a container (such as a box or case) for holding things or moving them from place to place

  • : the front part of the body between the neck and the stomach


CHEST Defined for Kids

chest

noun \ ˈchest \

Definition of chest for Students

1 : a container (as a box or case) for storing, safekeeping, or shipping
  • tool chest
  • treasure chest
2 : the front part of the body enclosed by the ribs and breastbone
3 : a fund of public money
  • a community chest to benefit the needy

chested

\ˈche-stəd\ adjective

Medical Dictionary

chest

noun \ ˈchest \

medical Definition of chest

2 : the part of the body enclosed by the ribs and sternum


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