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kist

1
[kist]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a coffer; a money chest.
  2. any chestlike container; a box, trunk, or basket.
  3. a coffin, especially a stone one; a sarcophagus.
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Origin of kist

1
1300–50; Middle English kiste < Old Norse kista chest

kist

2
[kist]
noun
  1. cist2.
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Historical Examples of kist

  • A' that ye'll tak wi' ye will be but a kist and a sheet, after a'.

    The Proverbs of Scotland

    Alexander Hislop

  • The kist and its contents will be sold for a guinea and not a bawbee less.

  • She lift up his bloudy hed, And kist his wounds that were so red.

  • Some ran to coffer, and some to kist, But nought was stown that could be mist.

  • “Ay, but the kist in the garret isna locked,” Nanny answered.


British Dictionary definitions for kist

kist

1
noun Scot and Northern English dialect
  1. a large chest or coffer
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Word Origin for kist

C14: from Old Norse kista; see chest

kist

2
noun
  1. archaeol a variant spelling of cist 2
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kist

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noun
  1. Southern African a large wooden chest in which linen is stored, esp one used to store a bride's trousseau
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Word Origin for kist

from Afrikaans, from Dutch: chest
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Word Origin and History for kist

n.

"chest," c.1300, from Old Norse kista "chest," from Latin cista (see chest).

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