[kaw-fin, kof-in]
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.
verb (used with object)
to put or enclose in or as in a coffin.

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

coffinless, adjective
uncoffin, verb (used with object) Unabridged


[kaw-fin, kof-in]
Levi, 1798–1877, U.S. abolitionist leader.
Robert P(eter) Tristram, 1892–1955, U.S. poet, essayist, and biographer. Unabridged
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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
3.  (tr) to place in or as in a coffin
4.  engineering another name for flask
[C14: from Old French cofin, from Latin cophinus basket; see coffer]

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Word Origin & History

early 14c., from O.Fr. cofin "sarcophagus," earlier "basket, coffer," from L. cophinus "basket," from Gk. kophinos "a basket," of uncertain origin. Funeral sense in Eng. is 1520s; before that it was literal and had also a meaning of "pie crust." Coffin nail "cigarette" is slang from 1880.
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Bible Dictionary

Coffin definition

used in Gen. 50:26 with reference to the burial of Joseph. Here, it means a mummy-chest. The same Hebrew word is rendered "chest" in 2 Kings 12:9, 10.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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the receptacle in which a corpse is confined. The Greeks and Romans disposed of their dead both by burial and by cremation. Greek coffins were urn-shaped, hexagonal, or triangular, with the body arranged in a sitting posture. The material used was generally burnt clay and in some cases had obviously been molded around the body and baked. In the Christian era stone coffins came into use. Romans who were rich enough had their coffins made of a limestone brought from Assus, in Asia Minor, which was commonly believed to "eat" the body

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Example sentences for Coffin
He talked about how the trip in the coffin was painful and odd.
He climbed in the coffin and in one moment, he lost all consciousness on the
  return home.
The coffin was a solid bronze casket with gold plated rails and white
Space burial is the practice of firing the coffin into space.
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