Definition of hope chest noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


hope chest

BrE BrE//ˈhəʊp tʃest//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhoʊp tʃest//
(North American English)
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items for the house collected by a woman, especially in the past, in preparation for her marriage (and often kept in a large chest ) compare bottom drawer
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: hope chest