Definition of coffin
: a box or chest for burying a corpse — compare casket
Examples of coffin in a Sentence
coffins are said to be the preferred sleeping places of vampires
Recent Examples of coffin from the Web
If common sense prevails, Mr. Trump’s email thread may serve as the final nail in the coffin of email as the universal office communicator.
Improvements on land-to-sea attacks were the final coffin on pykrete.
Police believe the coffin may have been taken from a funeral home or a nearby cemetery, possibly removed from a fresh grave, reports CBS.
At Iguchi’s tiny funeral ceremony last fall, a monk chanted last rites as Iguchi’s body rested in a coffin lined with white satin.
If his office helped SoccerCity to confidential legal advice, that coffin would seem nailed.
Troian must have had her lips sealed tighter than a Rosewood coffin.
Harry remembers walking in the behind his mom's coffin in the streets of London after her death.
At the request of Indiana Gov. Conrad Baker, the Coffins reported on the conditions at Michigan City and Jeffersonville.
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Origin and Etymology of coffin
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
First Known Use: 1525See Words from the same year
Definition of coffin
: to enclose in or as if in a coffin
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Definition of coffin for English Language Learners
: a box in which a dead person is buried
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Definition of coffin for Students
: a box or case to hold a dead body for burial
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