- (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
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Why, any girl would be glad to start a hope-chest with this, laughed Ruth.Polly and Her Friends Abroad
Lillian Elizabeth Roy
- US and Canadian a young woman's collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriageAlso called (esp in Britain): bottom drawer