coffin

noun
cof·​fin | \ ˈkȯ-fən How to pronounce coffin (audio) \

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

Synonyms for coffin

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of coffin in a Sentence

Noun coffins are said to be the preferred sleeping places of vampires
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When her lover Henrietta Moraes died, Hambling drew her in her coffin. Anna Russell, The New Yorker, 10 May 2022 Gill’s family displayed some of her cross-stitch pieces at her funeral, the article said, including one depicting the Last Supper, next to her coffin. Sarah Nelson, The Courier-Journal, 6 Apr. 2022 Gill’s family displayed some of her cross-stitch pieces at her funeral, the article said, including one depicting the Last Supper, next to her coffin. Sarah Nelson, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2022 Gill’s family displayed some of her cross-stitch pieces at her funeral, the article said, including one depicting the Last Supper, next to her coffin. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 5 Apr. 2022 Indeed, even the Land Rover which was used to carry his coffin to his funeral last year bore the shade. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, 30 Mar. 2022 For Prince Philip’s funeral last April, the Range Rover carrying his coffin was retro-outfitted in the shade. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 29 Mar. 2022 There was pride, no doubt, for the way sixth-seeded Texas kept kicking open its coffin in an 81-71 loss to third-seeded Purdue in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 21 Mar. 2022 One artifact — a shard of his coffin — was seemingly plucked from Poe’s grisly imagination. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Galella was born in New York City on Jan. 10, 1931 to a piano and coffin manufacturer father and a mother who worked as a crochet beader. Sasha Urban, Variety, 2 May 2022 For those who want to give their fingers a more elongated shape as the leaves start to fall, coffin fall nail designs are a great option. Michella Oré, Glamour, 26 Aug. 2021 A week later, at her funeral, my sister and I stood next to her coffin the entire time. Lenika Cruz, The Atlantic, 4 Oct. 2021 Lee recommends coffin nails for those who aren't afraid of a bold look and says the trend looks amazing on slender fingers with acrylic nails. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, 25 Mar. 2021 The researchers plan on testing how attractive the scent compounds are to coffin flies to confirm if A. microstoma is the flies' only source for pollination, Science Alert reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 May 2021 At her funeral, Harry, along with his brother William, walked behind her coffin down the Mall. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 21 May 2021 The intimate private funeral was dwarfed in scale by the 200,000 citizen mourners who would file past her mother’s coffin a few weeks later. Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2021 Returning to Edinburgh, the 19-year-old Connery began working a variety of jobs, including delivering coal and working in a steel strip mill — as well as working as a furniture and coffin polisher, cement mixer, ditch digger and lifeguard. Dennis Mclellan, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

15 May 2022

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“Coffin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coffin. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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coffin

noun
cof·​fin | \ ˈkȯ-fən How to pronounce coffin (audio) \

Kids Definition of coffin

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

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