Definition of hope chest in English:

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hope chest

Pronunciation: /ˈhōp ˌCHest/

noun

North American
A chest containing household linen and clothing stored by a woman in preparation for her marriage.
Example sentences
  • The young bride (16 to 20 years was a common marrying age) prepared for her wedding by filling her hope chest with hand made quilts, tablecloths, and linens.
  • I could pick out the flaws; my room was a bit dusty and there were some dirty clothes in a small pile by my closet door and some folded up clothes sitting on my hope chest under my window.
  • My mom was cleaning out her hope chest and found some old photo albums.

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