- (of a vault, ceiling, or soffit) having coffers.
Origin of coffered
- 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
1250–1300; Middle English cofre < Old French ≪ Latin cophinus basket; see coffin
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Examples from the Web for coffered
Both the portico and the cella no doubt had a coffered ceiling.Pompeii, Its Life and Art
All the roofs are in wood, with coffered ceilings richly decorated in gold and colour.
All the joints and angles are coffered with strips of split rattan sewn neatly on.The Malay Archipelago
Alfred Russell Wallace
Above this is a band of Venetian-Gothic leaves, and in the coffered ceiling are rosettes.The Shores of the Adriatic
F. Hamilton Jackson
He crossed his big hands with an air of Christian resignation, and looked up at the panels of the coffered ceiling.Hilda Wade
- 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
C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos
Word Origin and History for coffered
mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper