Pronunciation Noun

breast (plural breasts)

  1. (anatomy) Either of the two organs on the front of a female human's chest, which contain the mammary glands; also the analogous organs in males.
    Tanya's breasts grew remarkably during pregnancy.
  2. (anatomy) The chest, or front of the human thorax.
    • 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner:
      The Wedding-Guest here beat his breast, / For he heard the loud bassoon.
  3. A section of clothing covering the breast area.
  4. The figurative seat of the emotions, feelings etc.; one's heart or innermost thoughts.
    She kindled hope in the breast of all who heard her.
    • 1613, William Shakespeare; [John Fletcher], “The Famous History of the Life of King Henry the Eight”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act III, scene ii]:
      He has a loyal breast.
    • circa 1610-11 William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act I scene ii:
      […] Thou best know'st
      What torment I did find thee in. Thy groans
      Did make wolves howl, and penetrate the breasts
      Of ever-angry bears— it was a torment
      To lay upon the damn'd, which Sycorax
      Could not again undo. It was mine art,
      When I arrived and heard thee, that made gape
      The pine and let thee out.
  5. The ventral portion of an animal's thorax.
    The robin has a red breast.
  6. A choice cut of poultry, especially chicken or turkey, taken from the bird’s breast; also a cut of meat from other animals, breast of mutton, veal, pork.
    Would you like breast or wing?
  7. The front or forward part of anything.
    a chimney breast; a plough breast
    • 1645, John Milton, L'Allegro
      Mountains on whose barren breast / The labouring clouds do often rest.
  8. (mining) The face of a coal working.
  9. (mining) The front of a furnace.
  10. (obsolete) The power of singing; a musical voice.
    • circa 1601 William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night, Act II scene iii:
      By my troth, the fool has an excellent breast.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: грудь
Translations Translations Translations
  • French: blanc
  • German: -brust, Entenbrust qual duck, Fasanenbrust qual pheasant, Gänsebrust qual goose, Geflügelbrust qual chicken, Hühnchenbrust qual chicken, Hähnchenbrust qual chicken, Hammelbrust qual sheep, Schweinsbrust qual pork
  • Italian: petto
  • Portuguese: peito
  • Russian: гру́дка
  • Spanish: pechuga

breast (breasts, present participle breasting; past and past participle breasted)

  1. (transitive, often, figurative) To push against with the breast; to meet full on, oppose, face.
    He breasted the hill and saw the town before him.
  2. (transitive, cooking) To debreast.
    • 2005, Texas Judicial Cookbook: Hello There!
      Breast the birds; wash and dry well. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place the birds in a roasting pan.

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