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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Other Words from casket

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 Reuters reported that Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attended the funeral along with dozens of firefighters, who saluted Keaton's casket and hearse. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "A toddler’s dad died battling wildfires. The 1-year-old boy was awarded his bravery medal," 2 Jan. 2020 The Freemasons sang hymns, led prayers, placed symbolic gifts in Conyers' casket and bestowed gifts on Monica Conyers. Omar Abdel-baqui, Detroit Free Press, "Public viewing held for former US Rep. John Conyers at Charles H. Wright," 2 Nov. 2019 The caskets and urns are handmade with oak, pine and hickory wood by Boy Scouts and woodworkers throughout the country. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cemetery for forgotten babies commemorates its 200th burial," 30 Sep. 2019 Vietnamese veterans in their uniforms saluted McCain’s casket, and a mariachi singer strummed his guitar and sang outside as a tribute. Frank Miles, Fox News, "McCain's kin weep over casket at emotional memorial; crowds brave Phoenix heat for hours for chance to bid farewell," 29 Aug. 2018 Three small white caskets sat in the middle of the room at Paden Holiness Church in Oklahoma, each adorned with a bouquet of flowers and a favorite toy. Adam Kemp, azcentral, "'It is not fair': Memorial service held for 3 children Phoenix police say were smothered by their mother," 1 Feb. 2020 For two centuries, the vast majority of Americans dealt with their dead in the same way: a traditional casket burial. Michael Waters, Wired, "The Future of Death-Tech Has No Rules—Yet," 24 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of thousands of people flooded the streets Sunday in Iran to walk alongside a casket carrying the remains of Soleimani, the former leader of its expeditionary Quds Force that organizes Tehran's proxy forces in the wider Mideast. Jon Gambrell, Fortune, "Iran Abandons Nuclear Deal Over U.S. Killing of General," 5 Jan. 2020 Robert Fletcher was buried at Arlington in 2018 with standard honors: a casket team, a firing party, a bugler and a chaplain. Angie Jackson, Detroit Free Press, "How a daughter's fight won full-honor burials for POWs, Medal of Honor recipients," 7 Jan. 2020

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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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19 Feb 2020

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“Casket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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