hope chest
noun Date: 1911 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

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • hope chest — hope′ chest n. fur a chest or the like used by a young woman for collecting clothing, linens, and other domestic or personal articles in anticipation of marriage • Etymology: 1910–15 …   From formal English to slang

  • hope chest — ☆ hope chest n. a chest in which a young woman collects linen, clothing, etc. in anticipation of getting married …   English World dictionary

  • hope chest — hope ,chest noun count AMERICAN objects for the home that were traditionally collected by some women in the past for a time when they would be married and have their own house …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Hope chest — For other uses, see Hope chest (disambiguation). A hope chest, dowry chest, cedar chest, or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life. The term hope… …   Wikipedia

  • hope chest — noun chest for storage of clothing (trousseau) and household goods in anticipation of marriage • Syn: ↑wedding chest • Hypernyms: ↑chest * * * noun 1. : a young woman s accumulation of clothes and domestic furnishings (as silver, linen) kept …   Useful english dictionary

  • hope chest — (esp. formerly) a chest or the like in which a young woman collected clothing, linens, and other articles in anticipation of marriage. [1910 15] * * * …   Universalium

  • hope chest — noun A box containing items, especially clothing, table linens, towels, bed linens, and quilts, typically stored by unmarried young women in anticipation of future marriages or married lives. Syn: wedding chest, glory box, glory box …   Wiktionary

  • hope chest — noun N. Amer. a chest in which household linen is stored by a woman in preparation for marriage …   English new terms dictionary

  • hope chest — /ˈhoʊp tʃɛst/ (say hohp chest) noun → glory box. {US (1920s) …   Australian English dictionary

  • hope chest — articles gathered by a woman in preparation or anticipation for marriage; trousseau …   English contemporary dictionary

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