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[kas-kit, kah-skit]
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  1. a coffin.
  2. a small chest or box, as for jewels.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put or enclose in a casket.
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Origin of casket

1425–75; late Middle English < ?
Related formscas·ket·like, adjectiveun·cas·ket·ed, adjective
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  1. a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
  2. mainly US another name for coffin (def. 1)
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Word Origin

C15: probably from Old French cassette little box; see case ²
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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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