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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There’s a wicker casket, a style museum manager Erek Obrist says came to prominence during the Civil War, when bodies were shipped home by train. Los Angeles Times, "At the Museum of Death, every day is like a Charles Manson anniversary," 10 Aug. 2019 Pallbearers dressed in Pittsburgh Steelers jerseys carried Irby’s casket in honor of the ardent Steelers fan, according to AP. Dylan Bouscher, The Mercury News, "Photos: Gilroy Garlic Festival shooting victim Trevor Irby mourned at hometown funeral," 8 Aug. 2019 After the little boy’s death, his family contacted Fletcher Collins with Glorious Custom Designs of North Carolina to construct a special casket and memorial for the child. Leada Gore |,, "6-year old Alabama drowning victim gets Paw Patrol final resting place," 10 July 2019 These cemetery costs are separate from the funeral home costs, which typically include the purchase of a burial casket and embalming. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "6 Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for Your Own Funeral," 30 Aug. 2018 When her husband, David, died in 2017, Scott honored his life by roasting s’mores in a fire pit at the cemetery with family rather than having a traditional funeral gathering with guests in dark suits and formal dresses huddled around a casket. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "As trends shift, Colorado cemeteries and funeral homes look to inject life into the commemoration of death," 28 July 2019 Witnesses described Incognito walking through the funeral home, punching caskets and throwing objects. Jerry Mcdonald, The Mercury News, "Raiders’ Richie Incognito talks about dark days and redemption," 27 July 2019 Inside, a casket holds Mateo Perez Marcos, a 44-year-old Guatemalan immigrant who died in a car accident in Tennessee the week before. Natalie Keyssar, National Geographic, "How this quiet region in Guatemala became the epicenter of migration," 26 July 2019 His mother had her son's casket open at his funeral to show the violence done to her son. NBC News, "Emmett Till memorial in picture of gun-toting University of Mississippi students has been removed," 26 July 2019

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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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