- the box or case in which the body of a dead person is placed for burial; casket.
- the part of a horse's foot containing the coffin bone.
- the bed of a platen press.
- the wooden frame around the bed of an early wooden press.
- to put or enclose in or as in a coffin.
Origin of coffin
- Levi,1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.
- Robert P(eter) Tristram,1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer.
Examples from the Web for coffin
The family was taking some private moments for a closing of the coffin in keeping with Chinese ritual.Funeral Protest Is Too Much for NYPD Union Boss
January 5, 2015
Well, the dwarfs took pity on him and gave him the coffin, and the prince had it carried to his castle.
So Little Snow White lay in the coffin for a long, long time but did not rot.
So he asked the dwarfs to sell him the coffin with the dead Little Snow White inside.
Then they wrote her name on the coffin in gold letters and added the family name.
Then he called for his servants and ordered them to throw the coffin into the Nile.
So he lay down in the coffin but no sooner was he inside when bang!
Maybe yourself and Eamon would make a coffin when the sun rises.Riders to the Sea
J. M. Synge
They left it on her breast, in the coffin, and it went with that guilty woman to the tomb.Other Tales and Sketches
Else why should the bearers stagger, as they tremulously uphold the coffin?Main Street
- a box in which a corpse is buried or cremated
- the part of a horse's foot that contains the coffin bone
- (tr) to place in or as in a coffin
- engineering another name for flask (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for coffin
early 14c., "chest or box for valuables," from Old French cofin "sarcophagus," earlier "basket, coffer" (12c., Modern French coffin), from Latin cophinus "basket, hamper" (source of Italian cafano, Spanish cuebano "basket"), from Greek kophinos "a basket," of uncertain origin.
Funeral sense in English is 1520s; before that it was the literal Latin one and had also a meaning of "pie crust" (late 14c.). Meaning "vehicle regarded as unsafe" is from 1830s. Coffin nail "cigarette" is slang from 1880; nail in (one's) coffin "thing that contributes to one's death" is from 1792.