\ˈchest \

Definition of chest 

1a : 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

3a : thorax sense 1 especially : the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs and sternum

b : breast sense 2a a hairy chest

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Other Words from chest

chestful \ -​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for chest


bin, box, caddy, case, casket, locker, trunk

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Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.

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In 2006, they were beaten in a penalty shootout by Italy in a World Cup final that was overshadowed by Zidane headbutting opposing player Marco Materazzi in the chest in extra time. Stephen Douglas,, "France reaches World Cup final with win over Belgium," 10 July 2018 But Subasic, a few yards out after trying to punch the ball away, takes it right in the chest and is able to smother it and end the danger. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent, who was not identified due to the nature of his work, was shot in the chest but is expected to recover, Special Agent Celinez Nunez, of the ATF’s Chicago division said. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Charges filed in ambush on ATF agent in Gary; one suspect on the run, officials say," 8 June 2018 Hershey Glover also told the deputy she had been hit in the chest. CBS News, "Former U.S. Open champion's wife arrested on domestic violence charges," 16 May 2018 But in the struggle for the gun at their home in Corpus Christi, Texas, on May 1, Hope was shot in the chest. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "She wanted to shoot herself — but killed her mom in a struggle for the gun, Texas cops say | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 11 May 2018 As soon as the nephew opened the door, a stranger in a stocking cap shot him in the chest and stormed the house. Michael Lapointe, The Atlantic, "The Twisted Tale of the World’s Largest Pearl," 11 May 2018 The most common culprits are big, top-heavy items that aren’t anchored to a wall, like dressers, bureaus, and chests. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Emergency Responders Share 9 of the Biggest Death Traps in Your Home," 14 July 2018 The culture change report found all this chest-beating rhetoric worrisome. Mike Hendricks, kansascity, "Fire departments fight a culture that saves — and costs — lives," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of chest

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

History and Etymology for chest

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

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The first known use of chest was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of chest

: 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


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Kids Definition of chest

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

Other Words from chest

chested \ ˈche-​stəd \ adjective


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Medical Definition of chest 

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

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