[kas-kit, kah-skit]


a coffin.
a small chest or box, as for jewels.

verb (used with object)

to put or enclose in a casket.

Nearby words

  1. casinghead gas,
  2. casino,
  3. casita,
  4. cask,
  5. cask of amontillado, the,
  6. caslon,
  7. caslon, william,
  8. casoron,
  9. caspar,
  10. casparian strip

Origin of casket

1425–75; late Middle English < ?

Related formscas·ket·like, adjectiveun·cas·ket·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for casket



a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
mainly US another name for coffin (def. 1)

Word Origin for casket

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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