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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 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: 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

Origin and Etymology of coffin

derivative of 1coffin


First Known Use: 1564



COFFIN Defined for English Language Learners

coffin

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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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