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

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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 Despite the beating, the family was able to have an open casket. James E. Causey,, 20 Apr. 2022 His grieving mother insisted on an open casket to show everyone how her son had been brutalized. Darlene Superville, Anchorage Daily News, 30 Mar. 2022 Her decision to hold an open casket at his funeral in 1955 is now credited with galvanizing the civil rights movement in the U.S. Jonathan Vanian, Fortune, 11 Mar. 2022 Swift appears at the end of the trailer in a veiled fascinator and black dress, weeping over a casket with Chris Rock and Christian Bale by her side. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2022 It was placed in a white casket draped with the sky-blue flag of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 22 Apr. 2022 Lyoya’s body lay in a white, open casket inside the church before the service began. David Eggert And Mike Householder, Chicago Tribune, 22 Apr. 2022 He was buried in a light blue suit, in a light blue casket. James E. Causey,, 20 Apr. 2022 Many new ideas pick up on people’s willingness to eschew a casket, but are considered more environmentally viable than cremation. Karen Heller, Anchorage Daily News, 19 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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12 May 2022

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“Casket.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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