[ kaw-fin, kof-in ]
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  1. the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed for burial; casket.

  2. the part of a horse's foot containing the coffin bone.

  1. Printing.

    • the bed of a platen press.

    • the wooden frame around the bed of an early wooden press.

verb (used with object)
  1. to put or enclose in or as in a coffin.

Origin of coffin

1300–50; Middle English cofin<Old North French <Latin cophinus<Greek kóphinos a kind of basket

Other words from coffin

  • cof·fin·less, adjective
  • un·cof·fin, verb (used with object)

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Other definitions for Coffin (2 of 2)

[ kaw-fin, kof-in ]

  1. Levi, 1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.

  2. Robert P(eter) Tristram, 1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use coffin in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for coffin


/ (ˈkɒfɪn) /

  1. a box in which a corpse is buried or cremated

  2. the part of a horse's foot that contains the coffin bone

  1. (tr) to place in or as in a coffin

  2. engineering another name for flask (def. 6)

Origin of coffin

C14: from Old French cofin, from Latin cophinus basket; see coffer

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