[ kaw-fin, kof-in ]
/ ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪn /


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.
  1. the bed of a platen press.
  2. the wooden frame around the bed of an early wooden press.

verb (used with object)

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

Related forms

cof·fin·less, adjectiveun·cof·fin, verb (used with object)

Definition for coffin (2 of 2)


[ kaw-fin, kof-in ]
/ ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪn /


Levi,1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.
Robert P(eter) Tristram,1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coffin


/ (ˈkɒfɪn) /


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 for coffin

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