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hope chest

(especially formerly) a chest or the like in which a young woman collected clothing, linens, and other articles in anticipation of marriage.
Origin of hope chest
First recorded in 1910-15 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "This is my room and this is my hope chest," she said proudly.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
  • There's a fine place for the cage in my room—on my hope chest.

    The Wrong Twin Harry Leon Wilson
  • It was the last of the half dozen towels she had worked for Jessica's hope chest.

  • It used to be the practice for each young girl to have a "hope chest" into which she put linens, etc., against the wedding day.

    Book of Etiquette Lillian Eichler
  • When the girl leaves the old nest for one of her own building the hope chest goes with her as a valuable portion of her dowry.

    Patchwork Anna Balmer Myers
British Dictionary definitions for hope chest

hope chest

(US & Canadian) a young woman's collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage Also called (esp in Britain) bottom drawer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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