Meaning of “chest” in the English Dictionary

"chest" in British English

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chestnoun [ C ]

uk /tʃest/ us /tʃest/

chest noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

B2 the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, containing the heart and lungs:

He was shot in the chest at point blank range.
He folded his arms across his chest.
His shirt was open to the waist revealing a very hairy chest.
She went to the doctor complaining of chest pains.

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  • Lie on your back, clasp your knees and pull them down towards your chest.
  • Clutching the money to his chest, he hurried to the bank.
  • He's tiny, he doesn't even come up to my chest!
  • The breathing problem has now been complicated by a chest infection.
  • He felt a constriction in his chest.

(Definition of “chest” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"chest" in American English

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chestnoun [ C ]

us /tʃest/

chest noun [ C ] (BODY PART)

the upper front part of the body of humans and some animals, between the stomach and the neck, enclosing the heart and lungs:

He folded his arms across his chest.

chest noun [ C ] (BOX)

a large, strong box, usually made of wood, which is used for storing valuable goods or possessions or for moving possessions from one place to another

(Definition of “chest” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)