noun \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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Baroque coffered ceiling of the cupola of S. Carlo alle Quattro Fontane, Rome, designed by …—SCALA/Art Reference

In architecture, a square or polygonal ornamental sunken panel used in a series as decoration for a ceiling or vault. Coffers were probably originally formed by wooden beams crossing one another to produce a grid. The earliest surviving examples were made of stone by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Coffering was revived in the Renaissance and was common in Baroque and Neoclassical architecture.


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