[kas-kit, kah-skit]
a coffin.
a small chest or box, as for jewels.
verb (used with object)
to put or enclose in a casket.

1425–75; late Middle English < ?

casketlike, adjective
uncasketed, adjective Unabridged
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casket (ˈkɑːskɪt)
1.  a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
2.  chiefly (US) another name for coffin
[C15: probably from Old French cassette little box; see case²]

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Word Origin & History

1461, "small box for jewels, etc.," possibly formed as a dim. of Eng. cask, or from Norm.-Fr. cassette, from M.Fr. casset (see cassette). Meaning of "coffin" is Amer.Eng., probably euphemistic, first attested 1849.
"Caskets! a vile modern phrase, which compels a person ... to shrink ... from the idea of being buried at all." [Hawthorne, 1863]
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Example sentences
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.
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