\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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Before moving on to makeup, Aldridge ties her dark, chest-grazing lengths into pigtail braids. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Lily Aldridge Does Her Full Pregnancy Glow Routine—Including Baby Bump Sheet Masking," 28 Nov. 2018 Bow, who is a nonwhite character in the reboot, is depicted in what could be in a bra or a variation of a chest binder that a trans or gender-nonconforming person might wear. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "She-Ra and the Princesses of Power honors and challenges the original She-Ra.," 21 Nov. 2018 And pinned to Kate's chest is the Royal Family Order, an honor given to female members of the British royal family by Queen Elizabeth, which is often worn on formal occasions. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Pairs the Lover's Knot Tiara with an Alexander McQueen Dress for the Dutch State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Also possible are stomach pain and nausea, as Peggy had experienced, and chest tightness and vertigo, Alana’s primary symptoms. Tony Dajer, Discover Magazine, "Vertigo, Panic and Trouble Breathing: What's Going On Here?," 19 Oct. 2018 But before my big chop, my chest-grazing strands would easily fall flat, leaving me to rely on volumizers for any form of thickness. Allure, "Four Hair-Care Routines That Boost Volume for Thin Strands," 24 Sep. 2018 The chest is by Maria Yee, the antique bench is Spanish, and the Huichol beaded skull is from Mexico. Rima Suqi, ELLE Decor, "How an Abandoned Texas Home Is Restored Into an Ethereal Country Getaway," 20 Sep. 2018 Serious runners often track running power with dedicated foot pods or chest strap sensors to improve efficiency, form, and pace. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Polar’s new Vantage V and M smartwatches are its most attractive yet," 13 Sep. 2018 What Ryan wasn’t telling me at the time was that the doctors were doing chest compressions on Georgia for 15 or 20 minutes. Kate Bowen, Good Housekeeping, "Our Sweet Baby Girl Had a Heart Attack Before She Was Even Born," 24 Aug. 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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