hope chest

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hope chest (plural hope chests)

  1. 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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The term "hope chest" may be used primarily by Midwestern American women. The term "glory box" is used by women in the United Kingdom and Australia.

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