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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Mugabe's body is currently in a football stadium in Harare for a public open casket viewing as the country observes four days of mourning. CNN, "Mugabe to get hero's burial as family settle row over his final resting place," 13 Sep. 2019 In 2009, mourners filed past the closed casket of the late Senator Edward Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Dorchester., "This day in history," 27 Aug. 2019 Till’s killing is considered a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement after his mother, Mamie Till, insisted on an open casket during his funeral. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Will Smith and Jay Z To Co-Produce 'Women Of The Movement' Civil Rights Series For ABC," 7 Aug. 2019 The justice has kept the framed, folded flag from her husband's casket in her office at the court ever since. Jessica Gresko, USA TODAY, "John Paul Stevens will be buried among several other Supreme Court justices in Arlington National Cemetery," 17 July 2019 The caskets at the Heritage Memorial Gardens were under just two inches. Christopher Harress |,, "One arrest after several Mobile graves exhumed in burial investigation," 26 June 2019 Noplis remembers staring into one casket at a friend who looked like a mannequin. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Tired of going to funerals, this doctor treats addiction with drugs," 21 June 2018 Pagoda shaped black canopy covers Lincoln casket at Indiana Statehouse. Dawn Mitchell, Indianapolis Star, "The epic journey of Abraham Lincoln's funeral train," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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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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