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coffin

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noun cof·fin \ˈkȯ-fən\

Definition of coffin

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

Examples of coffin in a sentence

  1. <coffins are said to be the preferred sleeping places of vampires>

Origin and Etymology of coffin

Middle English, basket, receptacle, from Anglo-French, from Latin cophinus


First Known Use: 1525


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coffin

verb cof·fin

Definition of coffin

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to enclose in or as if in a coffin

1564

First Known Use of coffin

1564



COFFIN Defined for English Language Learners

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coffin

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noun cof·fin \ˈkȯ-fən\

Definition of coffin for English Language Learners

  • : a box in which a dead person is buried


COFFIN Defined for Kids

coffin

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noun cof·fin \ˈkȯ-fən\

Definition of coffin for Students

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



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