hope chest

noun

: a young woman's accumulation of clothes and domestic furnishings (such as silver and linen) kept in anticipation of her marriage
also : a chest for such an accumulation

Examples of hope chest in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1911, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of hope chest was in 1911

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“Hope chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope%20chest. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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