- a square, richly embroidered vestment ornamented with 12 precious stones, each inscribed with the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, secured to the ephod of the high priest and worn on the chest. Ex. 28:15–28.
- a rectangular ornament, typically of silver, suspended by a chain over the front of a scroll of the Torah.
Origin of breastplate
Examples from the Web for breastplate
But fire in this fight I must fear me now, and poisonous breath; so I bring with me breastplate and board.Beowulf|Anonymous
Mr. Faulkner records the discovery of a helmet, breastplate, and some swords, on the site of Lowndes Square.The Memorials of the Hamlet of Knightsbridge|Henry George Davis
The arrow-heads must have gone through the breastplate and scratched the skin.The Hot Swamp|R.M. Ballantyne
What breastplate can guard a man against these fiery darts but the breastplate of righteousness?The Blue Flower, and Others|Henry van Dyke
His sword-sheath, breastplate, and trappings were clear and bright.Micah Clarke|Arthur Conan Doyle