cas·​ket | \ ˈka-skət How to pronounce casket (audio) \

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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According to the Houston Chronicle, Bush's casket, draped in an American flag, was escorted by six pallbearers into a hearse headed to Ellington Field. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "All the Details on George H. W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 Till’s mother insisted on a glass topped casket for his funeral. Lauren Warnecke,, "'In a Rhythm': Choreographer Bebe Miller talks a lot, the music includes a Nelly hit — it's a fascinating, atypical approach to dance," 6 Apr. 2018 Thousands of mourners gathered at the city's Sarallah Mosque on the Taleghani junction, carrying caskets in the sweltering heat. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 The line to see the open casket that once held the tortured body of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicagoan whose 1955 murder in Mississippi helped spark the civil rights movement, is long and moves oh-so-slowly. Blair Kamin,, "The national African-American museum still stirs the soul — and drops hints of what to expect at the Obama Presidential Center," 11 July 2018 Otherwise, the caskets were identical: polished alabaster white with white interiors and matching crucifixes. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 May 2018 The eight pallbearers carrying the casket will be team executives Dennis Lauscha, Mickey Loomis, Greg Bensel, Ben Holds, Ed Lang, Mike Stanfield, auto executive Rick Hood and Wayne LaJaunie, brother of Benson's widow, Gayle. William Guillory,, "Alvin Gentry: Tom Benson was 'bigger than life', loved by many in the community," 23 Mar. 2018 Mounted behind the casket was a portrait of the dog and the deputy. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Jacob Pickett funeral updates: A final resting place," 9 Mar. 2018 When workers returned the next morning, the casket that had been holding Mott's body was empty. San Antonio Express-News, "Listen: The case of the missing Mott body still has no resolution," 5 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of casket

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


cas·​ket | \ ˈka-skət How to pronounce casket (audio) \

Kids Definition of casket

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

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