Hope-chest meaning

A chest used by a young woman for clothing and household goods, such as linens and silver, in anticipation of marriage.
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A chest in which a young woman collects linen, clothing, etc. in anticipation of getting married.
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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.
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