\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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San Diego is considering prohibiting a particularly ubiquitous plastic product: expanded polystyrene (EPS)—better known as styrofoam—which is used widely in takeout food containers, cups, ice chests, and packing peanuts. Camille Harmer, Fortune, "How Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Even Worse," 12 July 2018 These items ranged from 770 – 201 B.C. The three highlights of the exhibit were a spooky, clay mask used for exorcisms; a chest plate and helmet made of limestone tiles; and a life-size Terracotta horse. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty's Morning Line: Cincinnati Reds need the off day, and other MLB thoughts," 12 July 2018 The front chest pocket is cut by hand to match up with the flannel pattern on the rest of the shirt. The Editors, Outside Online, "Seven Steals at Huckberry’s Summer Sale," 12 July 2018 At the Oscars, Rippon demanded attention in a Moschino tuxedo with a leather harness across his chest (pictured above) . Jamie Lisanti,, "Fashionable 50," 10 July 2018 After the pain increased, and a rash formed and spread across Logan's chest, his parents reportedly found the offending caterpillar and took Logan and the insect to the hospital. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Caterpillar Sends Teen to Hospital in "Worst Pain He's Ever Felt"," 22 June 2018 Eryk leaned away from me, beer pooling around his arse on the seat, vintage shirt straining across his chest. Longreads, "Viv Albertine on Dating Again in Her 50s," 15 June 2018 To the best fans in the world, I couldn’t be more honored to have worn that Kentucky name across my chest for the past two years. Jon Hale, The Courier-Journal, "Wenyen Gabriel keeps his name in NBA draft, ending his Kentucky career," 30 May 2018 There were two officers across his chest; his stepfather was at his side, trying to get the screwdriver. Alisa Roth, Vox, "A worried mom wanted the police to take her mentally ill son to the hospital. They shot him.," 30 May 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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