coffin

noun
cof·​fin | \ ˈkȯ-fən \

Definition of coffin 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a box or chest for burying a corpse — compare casket

coffin

verb
coffined; coffining; coffins

Definition of coffin (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to enclose in or as if in a coffin

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Synonyms for coffin

Synonyms: Noun

bier, box, casket, pall, sarcophagus

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Examples of coffin in a Sentence

Noun

coffins are said to be the preferred sleeping places of vampires

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Plain light wooden coffin in a crematorium Photo: iStock/Getty Images Flash forward 33 years. Gayle Somers, WSJ, "Life Is Worth Living, Even if It Is Painful and Short," 21 Dec. 2018 Sophomore Luke Fuller added three of his own, but Devolve put the final nail in the coffin, hammering home a kill set up perfectly by a heavy Darby return that commenced the celebration. Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati.com, "Moeller beats Hilliard Darby for 8th state volleyball title in school history," 3 June 2018 Putting on the infant oxygen mask and placing the child in a soundproof coffin (something from Dystopic Parenting magazine?) will buy a couple days, max. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "'A Quiet Place': Our 5 screaming questions after seeing the silent thriller (spoilers!)," 8 Apr. 2018 According to The New York Times, following the funeral, Bush’s coffin will travel by train from the Houston area to College Station, Texas. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Reba McEntire Gives Moving Performance of 'The Lord's Prayer' at George H.W. Bush's Funeral," 6 Dec. 2018 Getty Images This weekend, true love's coffin got another nail when news broke that Jenna Dewan had officially filed for divorce from Channing Tatum. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jenna Dewan Was Spotted Engaging in PDA with a New Guy This Weekend," 28 Oct. 2018 This 12-pan Beetlejuice-themed eye shadow palette comes with enough colors for three to four looks, and all of the shadows are shaped like teeny little coffins. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "11 Halloween Beauty Launches for Spooky Makeup and Skin-Care Products," 9 Oct. 2018 The standing stress position was also employed when agents stored petitioner for days in a coffin in between interrogations. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Isn’t Merely Tolerating Torture — He’s Celebrating It," 6 Apr. 2018 In Istanbul, friends of the dissident journalist held a funeral ceremony outside the Fatih mosque Friday, symbolically gathering around an empty marble coffin stone to highlight the absence of Mr. Khashoggi’s body. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Turkey Claims More Audio Evidence Contradicts Saudis on Khashoggi Death," 16 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of coffin

Noun

1525, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1564, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for coffin

Noun

Middle English cofyn, coffyn "basket, hamper" (in translations from Latin), "chest, box," borrowed from Anglo-French cofin, coffin "basket, chest, container," borrowed from Latin cophinus "large basket, hamper," borrowed from Greek kóphinos "large basket," of pre-Greek substratal origin

Verb

derivative of coffin entry 1

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The first known use of coffin was in 1525

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coffin

noun

English Language Learners Definition of coffin

: a box in which a dead person is buried

coffin

noun
cof·​fin | \ ˈkȯ-fən \

Kids Definition of coffin

: a box or case to hold a dead body for burial

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