Definition of breast in English:


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Pronunciation: /brɛst


  • 2A person’s chest, especially when regarded as the seat of the emotions: wild feelings of frustration were rising up in his breast her heart was hammering in her breast
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    • The growth can invade local tissues of the breast and chest wall as well as spread through the blood and lymphatic systems.
    • She sat on the back seat, pressing the envelope to her breast.
    • When he woke up, he found Maria sound asleep on his breast.
    heart, soul, bosom, seat of one's emotions/feelings, innermost being, core
  • 2.1The part of a bird or mammal that corresponds to a person’s chest: [as modifier]: the breast feathers of the doves
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    • The young birds' breasts showed orange now as they looked hungrily to her, their eyes black and empty.
    • Then it preened its scaly breast feathers with a wide beak.
    • Be sure that it is the native pigeon, a large bird with white plumage on its breast.
  • 2.2A joint of meat or portion of poultry cut from the breast of a bird or mammal: Lisa popped a breast of chicken into the microwave
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    • Then for my entree: boneless fried chicken breasts, sweet potato fries, and noodle kugel.
    • Plus, tuna has virtually zero saturated fat, which you can't say about red meat or even a breast of chicken.
    • Season remaining three chicken breasts with salt and white pepper.
  • 2.3The part of a garment that covers the chest: [as modifier]: a breast pocket
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    • She had half expected him to display the garment in the breast pocket of his jacket.
    • The seven-year-old buried her head in Debbie's pajamas, soaking the breast pocket of her shirt.
    • He stuffed his sunglasses into the breast pocket of his shirt as his eyes searched for her.


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  • 1Face and move forwards against or through (something): I watched him breast the wave
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    • On the Potomac, swan-white power launches keep breasting the sulphurous wave.
    • Two huge English gals with shoulders like walruses breasted the waves in perfect unison.
    • He breasted the finish line in five hours and two minutes.
  • 1.1Reach the top of (a hill): a pair of riders breasted the rise ahead
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    • It turned out to be the highlight of the expedition, the day they breasted the icecap.
    • As the first rays of the sun breasted the peak of the mountain, the enemy slowed.
    • The train made the climb and breasted the summit at a virtually steady 60 mph.


beat one's breast

Make an exaggerated show of sorrow, despair, or regret.
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  • At the peak of her ambiguous angst, she beats her breast in sappy mourning upon the death of her father.
  • I bet you are wailing and gnashing your teeth and beating your breast with many small whips as you ponder this.
  • In contrast to Antony's desire to blame anyone but himself, Cleopatra spends much of her first speech beating her breast.



[in combination]: a bare-breasted woman a crimson-breasted bird


Old English brēost, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch borst and German Brust.

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