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coffer

[ kaw-fer, kof-er ]
/ ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ər /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object)
to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
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Origin of coffer

First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English cofre, from Old French, ultimately from Latin cophinus “basket”; see coffin

OTHER WORDS FROM coffer

cof·fer·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for coffer

coffer
/ (ˈkɒfə) /

noun
verb (tr)
to store, as in a coffer
to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers

Word Origin for coffer

C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos
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