- a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
- coffers, a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.
- any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam.
- Also called caisson, lacunar. Architecture. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
- to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
- to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
Origin of coffer
Examples from the Web for coffers
Soon his coffers were overflowing with revenue from rubber, palm oil, and ivory.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Five, the tens or arguably hundreds of millions of dollars in dark money that flowed from corporate sources into GOP coffers.The Real Reason Democrats Lost
November 6, 2014
We on my side say: unionization, massive public investments, a tax rate that kept the coffers full, a few other things.What Plantation Is Jim DeMint Living On?
April 11, 2014
Unfortunately, the interim left the property operating at a loss, its coffers drained.The Grape King from Shogunate Japan
Debra A. Klein
April 3, 2014
Here it seems like the politicians were trying to cement their power rather than to fill their coffers.A Mob-Defying Former Mayor Knows Why New Jersey Is So Corrupt
February 13, 2014
Never had the coffers of the Holy See been fuller than at this moment.
The funds so realized go into the coffers of the Church, which is fit and proper.
Silver, gold, banknotes,—each and all were swept into the coffers of the "bank."Peak and Prairie
For the same reasons other financiers have closed their coffers to the sugar-planters.The Philippine Islands
It must be 10,000 piastres at least in the coffers of the Terra Santa.Tancred
- a chest, esp for storing valuables
- (usually plural) a store of money
- Also called: caisson, lacuna an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
- a watertight box or chamber
- short for cofferdam
- a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit
- to store, as in a coffer
- to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers
Word Origin and History for coffers
mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).