hope chest(redirected from hope chests)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms.
A chest traditionally used by a young woman for clothing and household goods, such as linens and silver, in anticipation of marriage.
US and Canadian a young woman's collection of clothes, linen, cutlery, etc, in anticipation of marriage. Also called (esp in Britain): bottom drawer
a chest or the like used by a young woman for collecting clothing, linens, and other domestic or personal articles in anticipation of marriage.