[kaw-ferd, kof-erd]

Origin of coffered

First recorded in 1580–90; coffer + -ed3


[kaw-fer, kof-er]
  1. a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
  2. coffers, a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.
  3. any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam.
  4. 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)
  1. to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
  2. to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.

Origin of coffer

1250–1300; Middle English cofre < Old FrenchLatin cophinus basket; see coffin
Related formscof·fer·like, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for coffered


  1. a chest, esp for storing valuables
  2. (usually plural) a store of money
  3. Also called: caisson, lacuna an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
  4. a watertight box or chamber
    1. short for cofferdam
    2. a recessed panel in a concrete, metal, or timber soffit
verb (tr)
  1. to store, as in a coffer
  2. 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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Word Origin and History for coffered



mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).

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