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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Examples of casket in a Sentence

bought a beautiful casket when her grandmother died a small casket of jewels
Recent Examples on the Web Hundreds of members of the National Guard patrolled the hallways, even sleeping on the marble floors of the same rotunda that once housed Abraham Lincoln's casket. Jonathan Lemire, Star Tribune, "Enduring 2nd impeachment, Trump stands largely silent, alone," 13 Jan. 2021 Karlin founded a casket company in 1996 and the funeral service in 2005. Matthew Ormseth, Los Angeles Times, "Spiraling COVID-19 deaths leave morgues overflowing and funeral homes turning away grieving families," 1 Jan. 2021 Pallbearers carry Beaudoin’s casket to be buried at Palm Beach Memorial Park. Washington Post, "Six portraits from a year defined by loss," 30 Dec. 2020 A dozen state troopers stood at attention Friday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Galesburg, saluting as Burek’s casket passed between them. John Keilman,, "‘He meant everything’: The profound legacy of a small-town swim coach felled by COVID-19," 23 Dec. 2020 Deaths surrounding nursing home patients have sparked protests against Cuomo in recent days, including outside the governor’s Manhattan office, and in Brooklyn, where protesters filled a casket with copies of Cuomo’s book on the virus. Washington Examiner, "New York Republicans ask Trump to force Cuomo to reveal number of coronavirus deaths from nursing homes," 16 Dec. 2020 David Scholes sits by the casket containing the body of his wife, Analiza Scholes, during a memorial service on Dec. 5, 2020, at Gillies Funeral Chapel in Brigham City, Utah. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "The more than 1,000 Utahns lost to COVID-19 will ‘haunt us,’ one grieving daughter says," 11 Dec. 2020 An honor guard carried the casket containing the body of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, who reportedly was gunned down in a military-style ambush Friday that Iranian officials have blamed on Israel. NBC News, "Iran buries slain nuclear scientist and vows to continue his work," 30 Nov. 2020 Her casket was placed in the state capitol on May 9 and more than 25,000 mourners waited in line five hours to pay their respects. Leada Gore |, al, "Lurleen Wallace, Alabama’s first woman governor, inaugurated on this day in 1967: Vintage photos," 16 Jan. 2021

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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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The first known use of casket was in the 15th century

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17 Feb 2021

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“Casket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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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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