cas·​ket | \ˈkas-kət \

Definition of casket 

1 : a small chest or box (as for jewels)

2 : a usually fancy coffin

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casket transitive verb

Synonyms for casket


bier, box, coffin, pall, sarcophagus

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Examples of casket in a Sentence

bought a beautiful casket when her grandmother died a small casket of jewels

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Fashioned inside and out of smooth, mirror-like silver trimmed with green gold, the casket is set with 86 pearls, 88 black onyx stones and 143 matched purple amethysts. Barrymore Laurence Scherer, WSJ, "‘Boston Made: Arts and Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork’ Review: All That Glitters," 28 Nov. 2018 Aretha Franklin's golden casket was officially closed on Friday morning as friends and family members gathered around to say their goodbyes to The Queen of Soul. Fox News, "Aretha Franklin's funeral attended by Bill and Hillary Clinton, Ariana Grande and Faith Hill perform," 31 Aug. 2018 After the service, bagpipes played as dozens of uniformed officers lined Lehigh Avenue and Hutchins’ casket was carried from the church and hoisted onto a fire truck for his final ride. Kelly Brennan,, "Firefighter who died during training exercise is praised at funeral," 11 July 2018 Metal caskets were also being readied at the American air base in Osan, South Korea, to prepare for the cross-Pacific journey home. New York Times, "U.S. Military Prepares to Receive Soldiers’ Remains from North Korea," 23 June 2018 At the of the 90-minute ceremony that ended, Cannon's casket was carried out from the arena while a recording of the LSU band pregame show played. Ron Higgins,, "Love and laughs fill the air during Billy Cannon's memorial service," 23 May 2018 Such caskets often fused Christian and Buddhist imagery. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "Kingdoms of Sri Lanka," 16 Nov. 2018 Less than 24 hours after her release, Rachel, barely able to walk, went to a funeral parlor with Jason’s family to pick out a casket. Rose Minutaglio, Good Housekeeping, "My Husband Tried to Murder Me in Our Yard. Then He Killed Himself.," 15 Oct. 2018 The Union Jack was draped over Jean Briggs Watters' casket during her burial Monday, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Fox News, "WWII code breaker buried in Nebraska with UK military honors," 25 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of casket

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for casket

Middle English, perhaps modification of Middle French cassette

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cask shell


Casparian dot

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English Language Learners Definition of casket

: a small chest or box for jewelry or other valuable things


cas·​ket | \ˈka-skət \

Kids Definition of casket

1 : coffin

2 : a small box for storage or safekeeping (as for jewels)

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