Definition of hope chest
: a young woman's accumulation of clothes and domestic furnishings (as silver and linen) kept in anticipation of her marriage; also : a chest for such an accumulation
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HOPE CHEST Defined for English Language Learners
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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