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[kas-kit, kah-skit] /ˈkæs kɪt, ˈkɑ skɪt/
a coffin.
a small chest or box, as for jewels.
verb (used with object)
to put or enclose in a casket.
Origin of casket
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English < ?
Related forms
casketlike, adjective
uncasketed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for casket
  • At his funeral, before the casket was closed, his sister managed to cut some locks of his hair.
  • She had a big funeral and she was laid out in her wedding dress in a white casket surrounded by every carnation in four counties.
  • Plans placement of casket in parlor or chapel and adjusts lights, fixtures, and floral displays.
  • Directs pallbearers in placement and removal of casket from hearse.
  • However, the casket must meet the cemetery or crematory's standards and must take into consideration the size of the body.
  • No casket, regardless of its qualities or cost, will preserve a body forever.
  • Closed-casket funeral or cordon around open casket can help minimize risk of contamination or exposure.
  • In some instances, salespeople failed to inform consumers that these casket packages would not cover all their funeral needs.
  • Depending on the deterioration of the remains, an outer wooden casket may also be required.
  • Active cemeteries have casket or cremation gravesites available for first interments.
British Dictionary definitions for casket


a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
(mainly US) another name for coffin (sense 1)
Word Origin
C15: probably from Old French cassette little box; see case²
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Word Origin and History for casket

mid-15c., "small box for jewels, etc.," possibly a diminutive of English cask, or from a corruption of Middle French casset (see cassette). Meaning "coffin" is American English, probably euphemistic, attested by 1832.

Caskets! a vile modern phrase, which compels a person ... to shrink ... from the idea of being buried at all. [Hawthorne, "Our Old Home," 1863]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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