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coffer

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noun cof·fer \ˈkȯ-fər, ˈkä-\

Definition of coffer

  1. 1 :  chest Among the items at the auction was an 18th-century oak coffer.; especially :  strongbox put the money in the coffer

  2. 2 :  treasury, funds —usually used in plural … public coffers running dry in a bleak economy … — Vivienne Walt and Roya Wolverson corporate coffers

  3. 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

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


First Known Use: 13th century


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coffer

verb cof·fer

Definition of coffer

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to store or hoard up in a coffer coffered his military memorabilia

  3. 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.

Origin and Etymology of coffer

Middle English cofren, derivative of cofre 1coffer


First Known Use: 14th century

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COFFER Defined for English Language Learners

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coffer

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noun cof·fer \ˈkȯ-fər, ˈkä-\

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

  1. :  a box used especially for holding money and valuables



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