noun cof·fer \ˈk-fər, ˈkä-\

: a box for holding money or other valuable things

coffers : money that is available for spending

Full Definition of COFFER

:  chest; especially :  strongbox
:  treasury, funds —usually used in plural
:  a recessed panel in a vault, ceiling, or soffit

Examples of COFFER

  1. <kept the jewels in a locked coffer>
  2. <let me see what's in the household coffers and I'll get back to you about making a donation>

Origin of COFFER

Middle English coffre, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Economics Terms

actuary, compound interest, globalization, indemnity, portfolio, rentier, stagflation, usurer

Rhymes with COFFER



Definition of COFFER

transitive verb
:  to store or hoard up in a coffer
:  to form (as a ceiling) with recessed panels

First Known Use of COFFER

14th century

Other Architecture Terms

buttress, casita, cornice, fanlight, garret, lintel, parapet, pilaster, plinth

Rhymes with COFFER

COFFER Defined for Kids


noun cof·fer \ˈk-fər\

Definition of COFFER for Kids

:  a box used especially for holding money and valuables


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