hope chest


Definition of hope chest

: 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

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This law is a bulging hope chest for the sadistic followers of St. Hubert, who also can usually be found in the woods, unknowingly exchanging gunshots with the followers of St. Anheuser Busch. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "So, Scalia Was a Stonecutter?," 25 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of hope chest

1911, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hope chest was in 1911

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English Language Learners Definition of hope chest

US, old-fashioned : a chest or box in which a young woman keeps things (such as silverware and linen) that she will use after she gets married

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