- a coffer; a money chest.
- any chestlike container; a box, trunk, or basket.
- a coffin, especially a stone one; a sarcophagus.
Origin of kist1
1300–50; Middle English kiste < Old Norse kista chest
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Examples from the Web for kist
A' that ye'll tak wi' ye will be but a kist and a sheet, after a'.The Proverbs of Scotland
The kist and its contents will be sold for a guinea and not a bawbee less.The Mystery of the Sea
She lift up his bloudy hed, And kist his wounds that were so red.
Some ran to coffer, and some to kist, But nought was stown that could be mist.
“Ay, but the kist in the garret isna locked,” Nanny answered.The Little Minister
J. M. Barrie
- a large chest or coffer
C14: from Old Norse kista; see chest
- archaeol a variant spelling of cist 2
- Southern African a large wooden chest in which linen is stored, esp one used to store a bride's trousseau
from Afrikaans, from Dutch: chest
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Word Origin and History for kist
"chest," c.1300, from Old Norse kista "chest," from Latin cista (see chest).
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