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[kas-kit, kah-skit] /ˈkæs kɪt, ˈkɑ skɪt/
a coffin.
a small chest or box, as for jewels.
verb (used with object)
to put or enclose in a casket.
Origin of casket
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < ?
Related forms
casketlike, adjective
uncasketed, adjective Unabridged
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  • They filed softly into the room—the Club rising as they entered—and circled around the casket.

    The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin
  • He took the mysterious rose from the casket, and held it toward Severo.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Pog mechanically took up the casket and placed it on his knees.

    The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue
  • She opened the casket, and found in it six thousand pistoles.

  • In that momentary calmness, he felt so strong and so rejoiced in his self-command that his spirit seemed to spurn its casket.

    The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for casket


a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
(mainly US) another name for coffin (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French cassette little box; see case²
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Word Origin and History for casket

mid-15c., "small box for jewels, etc.," possibly a diminutive of English cask, or from a corruption of Middle French casset (see cassette). Meaning "coffin" is American English, probably euphemistic, attested by 1832.

Caskets! a vile modern phrase, which compels a person ... to shrink ... from the idea of being buried at all. [Hawthorne, "Our Old Home," 1863]

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