[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
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World English Dictionary
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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Example sentences for coffins
Such coffins are made of wood, and have no metal parts at all.
Hanging coffins are coffins which have been placed on cliffs.
Modern coffins today manufacturers offer features that they claim will protect the body.
The coffins themselves are another known source of contamination.
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