American English

Definition of breast noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

      

    breast

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//brɛst//
     
     
    jump to other results
    part of body
  1. 1 [countable] either of the two round, soft parts at the front of a woman's body that produce milk when she has had a baby She put the baby to her breast. breast cancer breast milk
  2. 2[countable] the similar, smaller part on a man's body, which does not produce milk
  3. 3[countable] (literary) the top part of the front of your body, below your neck synonym chest She cradled the child against her breast.
  4. meat
  5. 4 [countable, uncountable] meat from the front part of the body of a bird or an animal chicken/turkey breasts breast of lamb
  6. of bird
  7. 5[countable] the front part of a bird's body breast feathers The robin has a red breast.
  8. clothing
  9. 6 [countable] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your chest A row of medals was pinned to the breast of his coat.
  10. -breasted
  11. 7(in adjectives) having the type of chest or breasts mentioned a small-breasted/full-breasted woman bare-breasted the yellow-breasted male of the species see also double-breasted, single-breasted
  12. heart
  13. 8[countable] (literary) the part of the body where the feelings and emotions are thought to be a troubled breast
  14. Idioms
    beat your breast
     
    jump to other results
    to show that you feel sorry about something that you have done, especially in public and in an exaggerated way
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: breast