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



BrE BrE//ˈpektərəl//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpektərəl//
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pectorals (informal pecs) [plural] the muscles of the chest Word Origin late Middle English (in the sense ‘breastplate’): from Latin pectorale ‘breastplate’, pectoralis ‘of the breast’, from pectus, pector- ‘breast, chest’.
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