Definitions for hope chest
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a chest or the like used by a young woman for collecting clothing, linens, and other domestic or personal articles in anticipation of marriage.
Origin of hope chest:
hope chest, wedding chest(noun)
chest for storage of clothing (trousseau) and household goods in anticipation of marriage
A box containing items, especially clothing, table linens, towels, bed linens, and quilts, typically stored by unmarried young women in anticipation of future marriages or married lives.
A hope chest, dowry chest, cedar chest, or glory box is a chest used to collect items such as clothing and household linen, by unmarried young women in anticipation of married life. The term "hope chest" or "cedar chest" is used in the midwest or south of the United States; in the United Kingdom, the term is "bottom drawer"; while "glory box" is used by women in Australia.
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