- of or located in or on the chest or breast
- worn on the chest or breast: a bishop's pectoral cross
- influenced by or resulting from personal feelings; subjective
Origin of pectoralfrom Classical Latin pectoralis from pectus (gen. pectoris), breast
- something worn on the breast, as an ornamental plate
- a pectoral fin or muscle
Origin of pectoralME < MFr < L pectorale
- Relating to or situated in the breast or chest: a pectoral muscle; the pectoral cavity.
- Useful in relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract.
- Worn on the chest or breast: a pectoral cross.
- Any of four muscles that occur in pairs on each side of the chest.
- A pectoral fin.
- A medicine for relieving disorders of the chest or respiratory tract.
- An ornament or decoration worn on the chest.
Origin of pectoralProbably Latin pectorālis from pectus pector- breast N., sense 4, Middle English from Old French from Latin pectorāle breastplate from neuter of pectorālis
c. 1330 bc pectoral from the tomb of Pharaoh Tutankhamun
From Latin pectorÄlis.