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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During a brief service Tuesday before the casket was moved from the Capitol to the church, Navy Cmdr. Emily Wagster Pettus, Fox News, "Former US Sen. Cochran draws bipartisan praise at funeral," 5 June 2019 During a brief service Tuesday before the casket was moved from the Capitol to the church, Navy Cmdr. Washington Post, "Former US Sen. Cochran draws bipartisan praise at funeral," 4 June 2019 Father Cletus Orji and Deacon Warren Berault of Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church said a blessing over the casket. Bob Warren,, "‘Prayers answered.’ Sailor’s remains come home to Slidell after 77 years," 3 June 2019 Watch those speeches in this video, which begins with the arrival of the casket in Maryland: The former president's remains left Houston at Ellington Field Monday morning, following a departure ceremony and motorcade. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "How to Watch George H.W. Bush's Funeral Services," 6 Dec. 2018 Officers took the flags from the caskets and folded them. Ian Cummings, Glenn E. Rice, Lauren Fox, Katie Bernard And Robert A. Cronkleton, kansascity, "'Thank you just isn't good enough.' Police, friends and family bid deputies farewell," 21 June 2018 Cries and wails erupted when the casket of a local Ahvaz hero, 54-year-old Hossein Monjazi, a disabled war veteran and Revolutionary Guard member who had lost a leg and a hand in the Iraq-Iran war of the 1980s, was brought out. Fox News, "Iran holds funerals for victims of terror attack in Ahvaz," 24 Sep. 2018 Jazmine’s white casket was draped with purple flowers. Juan A. Lozano, The Seattle Times, "Man authorities believe shot Texas girl charged with murder," 9 Jan. 2019 The casket was carried into the overflowing mosque and everyone stood up. Todd C. Frankel And Brittney Martin,, "At a Texas mosque, the community says goodbye to a girl and the dreams she represented," 21 May 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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cask shell


Casparian dot

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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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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