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coffin

noun cof·fin \ ˈkȯ-fən \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of coffin

: 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

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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

coffin Synonyms


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coffin

verb

Definition of coffin

transitive verb
: to enclose in or as if in a coffin

Origin and Etymology of coffin

derivative of 1coffin



COFFIN Defined for English Language Learners

coffin

noun

Definition of coffin for English Language Learners

  • : a box in which a dead person is buried


COFFIN Defined for Kids

coffin

noun cof·fin \ ˈkȯ-fən \

Definition of coffin for Students

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


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