cas·​ket ˈka-skət How to pronounce casket (audio)
: a small chest or box (as for jewels)
: a usually fancy coffin
casket transitive verb

Examples of casket in a Sentence

bought a beautiful casket when her grandmother died a small casket of jewels
Recent Examples on the Web Her casket will then be transferred to a hearse that will then head to the Carter family residence for private interment. Caroline Linton, CBS News, 28 Nov. 2023 The first moment of ceremony came at 3:15 p.m. after the hearse pulled into the complex’s front circle and Carter’s casket was brought out, covered with brightly colored sunflowers and red and peach-colored roses. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, 27 Nov. 2023 Instead, his mom placed it in his casket days after he was fatally shot. Dakin Andone, CNN, 23 Oct. 2023 Katherine Feinstein and Husband Greet the Casket Son-in-law Rick Mariano and daughter Katherine Feinstein put their right hands over their hearts as Feinstein's casket is brought from the hearse up the steps of City Hall. Kyler Alvord, Peoplemag, 5 Oct. 2023 So much so that in that very room two extraterrestrials were among them in caskets containing the corpses of two totally real, not at all fake, 1,000-year-old alien corpses. Alex Zaragoza, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Church bells tolled as the service began at 10 a.m. Afterward, Jarboe and other clerics filed out of the church, followed by a group of about a half-dozen men in dark suits, who slowly carried Wilkinson’s casket to a hearse. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2023 Dastmalchian is the new brand ambassador for Titan Casket, a company that sells caskets online and helps with end-of-life planning. Aaron Couch, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Oct. 2023 The Return to Nature Funeral Home charged customers $1,895 for a natural burial and graveside ceremony, which did not include a casket or cemetery space, and $1,290 for a cremation. Timothy Bella, Washington Post, 18 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, perhaps modification of Middle French cassette

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Casket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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cas·​ket ˈkas-kət How to pronounce casket (audio)
: a small chest or box (as for jewels)
: coffin

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