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coffer

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noun cof·fer \ˈkȯ-fər, ˈkä-\

Simple Definition of coffer

  • : a box for holding money or other valuable things

  • coffers : money that is available for spending

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coffer

  1. 1 :  chest; especially :  strongbox

  2. 2 :  treasury, funds —usually used in plural

  3. 3 :  a recessed panel in a vault, ceiling, or soffit

Examples of coffer in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of coffer

Middle English coffre, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos


First Known Use: 13th century

Rhymes with coffer


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coffer

verb cof·fer

Definition of coffer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to store or hoard up in a coffer

  3. 2 :  to form (as a ceiling) with recessed panels



14th Century

First Known Use of coffer

14th century

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Rhymes with coffer


COFFER Defined for Kids

coffer

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noun cof·fer \ˈkȯ-fər\

Definition of coffer for Students

  1. :  a box used especially for holding money and valuables





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