coffer

noun
cof·​fer | \ ˈkȯ-fər How to pronounce coffer (audio) , ˈkä-\

Definition of coffer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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 Wolversoncorporate coffers
3 : a recessed panel in a vault, ceiling, or soffit ceiling coffers

coffer

verb
coffered; coffering; coffers

Definition of coffer (Entry 2 of 2)

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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Synonyms for coffer

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coffer in a Sentence

Noun kept the jewels in a locked coffer let me see what's in the household coffers and I'll get back to you about making a donation
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ultimately, dealing with climate change is going to require a lot of money (although less than not dealing with it), and some will have to come from federal coffers, Stokes said. oregonlive, "Cities, states and companies vow to meet US climate goals without Trump. Can they?," 4 Nov. 2019 No extra money would come from the athletic department, nor from the university coffers. Mike Finger, ExpressNews.com, "Will new California law ruin college sports? Not hardly," 3 Oct. 2019 Johnson also is under scrutiny for claims that an American businesswoman, Jennifer Arcuri, received money and perks from London coffers while Johnson was mayor of the capital between 2008 and 2016. San Diego Union-Tribune, "UK’s Johnson denies allegations of patronage, groping," 30 Sep. 2019 The Guptas, who deny wrongdoing, are accused of trying to influence appointments of government officials as a way to loot state coffers. Christopher Torchia, The Seattle Times, "South Africa power cuts hurt economy even as recession ends," 4 Dec. 2018 Spokesman David Roy said the $675,000 payout won’t come out of district coffers but is instead covered by its policy with Genesis Insurance. oregonlive, "One year and $675,000 later, Portland Public Schools settles with former top administrator who dated subordinate," 12 Sep. 2019 But the company's coffers are separate from the family's own wealth. CBS News, "How Purdue Pharma's Sackler family hid their cash," 30 Aug. 2019 Liverpool's coffers were significantly swollen back in January 2018, after their want-away star finally sealed his €160m switch to the Catalan giants, following months of frustrating transfer speculation. SI.com, "How Much Barcelona Still Owe Liverpool for Philippe Coutinho as Bayern Close in on Loan Deal," 17 Aug. 2019 State officials have touted the millions poured into state and local tax coffers as a result of the expansion, in addition to $171 million in license fees paid by the four new casinos. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Why a $1.2 Billion Gambling Mecca Has Fallen on Hard Times," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Features include Carrara marble floors, a gourmet kitchen, a formal dining room and coffered ceilings. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, "A $20 million European-style mansion in South Florida fit for Versace | Photos," 24 Oct. 2019 Past a grey façade of stucco and concrete, the traditional-style home opens to 4,314 square feet of formal living spaces with dark hardwood floors, coffered ceilings and wainscoting. Jack Flemming, Daily Pilot, "Crocs creator’s crib in Newport Beach fetches $3.9 million," 11 Oct. 2019 This room also has cast stone fireplace, scalloped detailed coffered ceiling, and French door access to a private courtyard. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: A masterfully crafted Mediterranean-style estate in Monte Sereno," 24 July 2019 Everyone appreciates the two-story lobby's solid marble front desk, mahogany detailing, intricate black-and-white mosaic tile floor and colorful, coffered stained glass ceiling, all of which are original. Dina Mishev, Dallas News, "In Cheyenne, the Wild West hasn't been totally tamed," 16 July 2019 As a bonus, the clubhouse — with its French doors, white coffered ceiling and charming veranda — might be the finest of any public course in the country. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2019 unveiled," 7 June 2019 Everyone appreciates the two-story lobby’s solid marble front desk, mahogany detailing, intricate black-and-white mosaic tile floor and colorful, coffered stained glass ceiling, all of which are original. Dina Mishev, Washington Post, "Cheyenne," 10 July 2019 As a bonus, the clubhouse — with its French doors, white coffered ceiling and charming veranda — might be the finest of any public course in the country. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2019 unveiled," 7 June 2019 Inside, potential buyers will find wooden floors, huge windows, and a living room complete with a fireplace, coffered ceiling, and French doors. Matt Mcnulty, PEOPLE.com, "The Iconic Victorian House From Stepmom Is for Sale in New York for $3.75 Million," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of coffer

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coffer

Noun

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 coffin entry 1

Verb

Middle English cofren, derivative of cofre coffer entry 1

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The first known use of coffer was in the 13th century

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17 Nov 2019

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“Coffer.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coffering. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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coffer

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English Language Learners Definition of coffer

: a box for holding money or other valuable things
: money that is available for spending

coffer

noun
cof·​fer | \ ˈkȯ-fər How to pronounce coffer (audio) \

Kids Definition of coffer

: a box used especially for holding money and valuables

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