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

First Known Use of hope chest

1911


HOPE CHEST Defined for English Language Learners

hope chest

noun

Definition of hope chest for English Language Learners

  • : 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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