Definition of chest protector in US English:

chest protector


  • A padded covering worn over the chest by a catcher or umpire as protection against fouled-off or errant pitches.

    • ‘There was a time when American League umpires, who continued to wear outside chest protectors, gave a pitcher the high strike.’
    • ‘I want to show up with a catcher's mask, chest protector and shin guards.’
    • ‘The catcher's gear was far less elaborate, consisting largely of a simple mask, shin guards and chest protector.’
    • ‘If the plate umpire went back to wearing the outside, balloon chest protector, he'd get a better view of the plate at least in reference to wide pitches or ones that cut the corner.’
    • ‘It isn't known precisely how the game was played, or if the umpires wore chest protectors.’