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

safe, safe-deposit box, strongbox

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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

Republicans are stocking the campaign coffers of Oprah's spiritual guru, Democratic presidential candidate Marianne Williamson. Dallas News, "Castro rises in poll, outrage over Texas immigration detention centers grows, new Dallas voting plan," 4 July 2019 Arming even a fraction of them would go a long way toward replenishing the coffers of gun manufacturers and, in turn, the NRA. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "The Biggest Gun Violence Myths Debunked," 28 May 2019 The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that a couple wishing to remain anonymous donated the money, which puts $50 million in the orchestra’s endowment and $5 million into the coffers for general operating costs. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "An interstellar meteor may have slammed into Earth," 16 Apr. 2019 They are repaid with taxes from the property, which are put toward the debt instead of to city coffers. Meredith Cohn, baltimoresun.com, "University of Maryland BioPark plans 10-story gateway tower on MLK Blvd.," 27 June 2019 Moyes now has £30m of the Rooney money left to spend, plus roughly *checks notes* £175m in the coffers. SI.com, "Moyesian Utopia: Scripting an Alternate Reality Where Man Utd Didn't Sack David Moyes," 26 June 2019 The former mayor of Posen pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling $27,000 from village coffers during his final term in office. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Ex-Posen mayor pleads guilty to embezzling village funds," 13 June 2019 Expected to land on the same ballot are two other measures that tap company coffers: a tax on newly public companies to raise money for job equality programs, and a tax on a portion of Uber and Lyft rides to fund the city’s transportation needs. Trisha Thadani, SFChronicle.com, "Here comes another: Third tax on SF’s business, tech industry headed to November ballot," 13 June 2019 Revenues flowed at record levels into Florida’s non-tribal casinos’ coffers last year with $569 million collected from gamblers, an industry trade group said Tuesday. David Lyons, sun-sentinel.com, "Florida’s non-tribal casinos set revenue record of $569 million in 2018," 11 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 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 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 Enjoy a casual meal in the dining nook that also features a coffered ceiling. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Bask in the comfort of this Mediterranean-style home’s serene aura and beautiful architectural details in Los Gatos," 5 June 2019 Modern chandeliers and coffered ceilings make a case for looking upward. Jack Flemming, latimes.com, "‘Ridiculousness’ host Steelo Brim goes wild for newly built Cape Cod," 15 June 2018 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 2018," 6 July 2018

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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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coffer

noun

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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