- 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 coffer
Historical Examples of coffer
How had her body come to be in the coffer, he wondered, when all the others were—gone?
A fourth time he advanced, trembling, and seized the lid of the coffer.
So that man packed away all his cattle for him in the coffer.
How shall I be able to get all this great herd into so small a coffer?
Thus a coffer dam was formed to receive the concrete as shown in Fig. 34.Concrete Construction
Halbert P. Gillette
- 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 for coffer
mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).