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, "Six years of Dateline's Missing in America: 134 still missing," 5 Dec. 2019 Heidi said the only item that appeared to be missing was a .357-caliber pistol her mother kept in her hope chest. Andrea Cavallier, NBC News, "Daughter continues to search for mother Jean Johnson who vanished from New Mexico home four months ago," 30 Sep. 2019 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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“Hope chest.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hope%20chest. Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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