Definition of breastplate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbres(t)ˌplāt/


1A piece of armor covering the chest.
Example sentences
  • Vests and T-shirts bear prints of Japanese armour breastplates embellished with coloured jewels.
  • The man quickly grabbed his arms and the woman stripped his armour breastplate away.
  • He wore a breastplate and leg armour, as well as the expensive, linen drapery around his body.
2 Judaism In ancient times, a jeweled vestment covering the chest of the Jewish high priest.
Example sentences
  • The jewelry includes earrings, necklaces, armbands and a breastplate.
  • The High Priest's wearing of the breastplate atoned for the Courts mistakes in judgment.
  • Somehow this breastplate had the special capacity to help him in rendering important judicial decisions.
3A set of straps attached to the front of a saddle, which pass across the horse’s chest and prevent the saddle from slipping backward.
Example sentences
  • They were so pretty, with those burnished breastplates.
  • This breastplate is designed to keep the saddle from sliding backwards while allowing the horse freedom of movement.
  • Rear cinch and breastplate are considered required for safety reasons.
3.1The strap of a harness covering the chest of a horse.
Example sentences
  • Horwath pointed out reflectors on the ankles and breastplate of her horse as an example of safety-consciousness among equine caretakers.

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Syllabification: breast·plate

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