hope chest

noun

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

Examples of hope chest in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020 The only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol Jean kept in her hope chest. NBC News, "Seven years of Dateline's Missing in America: 156 still missing," 5 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of hope chest

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Hope chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope%20chest. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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hope chest

noun

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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