- 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
Historical Examples of breastplate
I, who wear no armor, will go as far as any one with breastplate of mail.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
His sword-sheath, breastplate, and trappings were clear and bright.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
These wraps seem glued to her—they form quite a breastplate.'His Masterpiece
Was your name in the Bible—the sixth stone in the high priest's breastplate.At the Back of the North Wind
It glanced from the breastplate; but Hassan Subah staggered in his seat.Alroy