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coffer

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noun cof·fer \ ˈkȯ-fər , ˈkä- \

Definition of coffer

1 :chest
  • Among the items at the auction was an 18th-century oak coffer.
; especially :strongbox
  • put the money in the coffer
2 :treasury, funds usually used in plural
  • … public coffers running dry in a bleak economy …
  • —Vivienne Walt and Roya Wolverson
  • corporate coffers
3 :a recessed panel in a vault, ceiling, or soffit
  • ceiling coffers

Examples of coffer in a Sentence

  1. kept the jewels in a locked coffer

  2. let me see what's in the household coffers and I'll get back to you about making a donation

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Origin and Etymology of coffer

Middle English cofre, coffre, borrowed from Anglo-French, altered (with n to r) from Latin cophinus "large basket, hamper" (sense "chest" attested in early Medieval Latin), borrowed from Greek kóphinos "large basket" — more at 1coffin


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coffer

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Definition of coffer

transitive verb
1 :to store or hoard up in a coffer
  • coffered his military memorabilia
2 :to form (something, such as a ceiling) with recessed panels
  • A ceiling that is coffered will bring an added dimension to a large room.

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Origin and Etymology of coffer

Middle English cofren, derivative of cofre 1coffer

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COFFER Defined for English Language Learners

coffer

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Definition of coffer for English Language Learners

  • : a box for holding money or other valuable things

  • coffers : money that is available for spending


COFFER Defined for Kids

coffer

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noun cof·fer \ ˈkȯ-fər \

Definition of coffer for Students

:a box used especially for holding money and valuables


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