chest

noun

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 sense 1
especially : the part of the human body enclosed by the ribs and sternum
b
: breast sense 2a
a hairy chest
chestful noun

Examples of chest in a Sentence

He has a broad chest. The pain is in my upper chest.
Recent Examples on the Web One in five people hospitalized for heart attack (a blockage of blood flow to the heart) or chest pain develop major depression — about four times the rate in the general population, according to the American Heart Association. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, 10 July 2024 Symptoms to watch out for include swollen lymph nodes, sudden fever, head and body aches, weakness, vomiting and nausea, shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough, particularly with bloody mucus. Chad De Guzman, TIME, 10 July 2024 People have described you as a person who holds your cards close to your chest. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 10 July 2024 With both of your hands, slowly hug your knees to your chest. Tim Petrie, Dpt, Verywell Health, 10 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for chest 

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'chest.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

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

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

Dictionary Entries Near chest

Cite this Entry

“Chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chest. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

chest

noun
1
: a container (as a box or case) for storing, safekeeping, or shipping
tool chest
linen chest
2
: a public fund
community chest
3
: the part of the body enclosed by the ribs and sternum
chested
ˈches-təd
adjective
chestful noun

Medical Definition

chest

noun
1
2
: the part of the body enclosed by the ribs and sternum

More from Merriam-Webster on chest

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!