Definition of breast noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//brest//
    ; NAmE NAmE//brest//
    Body parts, Meat, Parts of animals
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    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 See related entries: Body parts
  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 He cradled the child against his breast.
  4. clothing
  5. 4[countable] the part of a piece of clothing that covers your chest A row of medals was pinned to the breast of his coat.
  6. of bird
  7. 5 [countable] the front part of a bird’s body breast feathers The robin has a red breast. See related entries: Parts of animals
  8. meat
  9. 6 [countable, uncountable] meat from the front part of the body of a bird or an animal chicken/turkey breasts breast of lamb See related entries: Meat
  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. see also chimney breast
    Word OriginOld English brēost, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch borst and German Brust.Extra examples She had breast-augmentation surgery. The protective benefits of breast milk are numerous for both mother and baby. a robin with a red breast breast of duck in orange sauce fried chicken breastsIdioms to show that you feel sorry about something that you have done, especially in public and in an exaggerated way
    make a clean breast of something
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    to tell the truth about something so that you no longer feel guilty He made a clean breast of everything and admitted taking the money.
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