- 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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The two archways are connected by falling lines of impost mouldings and converging lines of coffering.An Architect's Note-book in Spain
Matthew Digby Wyatt
- 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
C13: from Old French coffre, from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos
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Word Origin and History for coffering
mid-13c., from Old French cofre "a chest" (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus "basket" (see coffin).
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