What does coffin mean?

Definitions for coffin
ˈkɔ fɪn, ˈkɒf ɪncof·fin

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coffin, casketverb

    box in which a corpse is buried or cremated

  2. coffinverb

    place into a coffin

    "her body was coffined"


  1. coffinnoun

    An oblong closed box in which a dead person is buried.

  2. coffinverb

    To place in a coffin.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. COFFINnoun

    Etymology: cofin, French.

    He went as if he had been the coffin that carried himself to his sepulchre. Philip Sidney, b. ii.

    Not a flower sweet
    On my black coffin let there be strown. William Shakespeare, Twelfth Night.

    One fate they have,
    The ship their coffin, and the sea their grave. Edmund Waller.

    The joiner is fitting screws to your coffin. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Coffinverb

    To inclose in a coffin.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Would’st thou have laugh’d, had I come coffin’d home,
    That weep’st to see me triumph? William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Let me lie
    In prison, and here be coffin’d, when I die. John Donne.


  1. coffin

    A coffin is a long, narrow box, traditionally made of wood, in which a dead body is buried or cremated. It is often lined with fabric and may have a hinged lid. Coffins can be elaborately decorated or very simple, depending on cultural customs, personal preferences, and budget.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coffinnoun

    the case in which a dead human body is inclosed for burial

  2. Coffinnoun

    a basket

  3. Coffinnoun

    a casing or crust, or a mold, of pastry, as for a pie

  4. Coffinnoun

    a conical paper bag, used by grocers

  5. Coffinnoun

    the hollow crust or hoof of a horse's foot, below the coronet, in which is the coffin bone

  6. Coffinverb

    to inclose in, or as in, a coffin

  7. Etymology: [OE., a basket, receptacle, OF. cofin, fr. L. cophinus. See Coffer, n.]


  1. Coffin

    A coffin is a funerary box used in the display and containment of dead people, either for burial or cremation. Contemporary North American English makes a distinction between coffin and casket. A coffin is generally understood to denote a funerary box having six sides, while a casket generally denotes a four-sided box.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coffin

    kof′in, n. the coffer or chest in which a dead body is enclosed.—v.t. to place within a coffin.—n. Coff′in-ship, a ship that is unsound, and likely to prove fatal to those in it.—Drive a nail in one's coffin, to do something tending to hasten death or ruin. [O. Fr. cofin—L. cophinus—Gr. kophinos.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. coffin

    1. L'Envoi, the end of the legend. 2. An ornamental candy-box which no one cares to open. 3. A room without a door or a skylight.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coffin is ranked #4274 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coffin surname appeared 8,312 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 3 would have the surname Coffin.

    91.3% or 7,592 total occurrences were White.
    2.7% or 227 total occurrences were Black.
    2.2% or 187 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 125 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 98 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    1% or 83 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'coffin' in Nouns Frequency: #2167

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coffin in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coffin in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of coffin in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Money opens many doors.The door of the coffin, among others. (L’argent ouvre bien des portes. - Celle du cercueil entre autres.)

  2. Deedee Oliveira:

    I ’m like, ‘ A coffin ? What do you mean a coffin ? i ca n’t even explain it, it was huge. It had the handles. It was really rusted, and it had bags wrapped around it.

  3. John A. Rassias:

    Language study is a route to maturity. Indeed, in language study as in life, if a person is the same today as he was yesterday, it would be an act of mercy to pronounce him dead and to place him in a coffin, rather than in a classroom.

  4. Carla Ferrigno:

    I am going public (now) because I am just one more person who puts the nail in his coffin.

  5. Erkin Guney:

    At least they can be satisfied it is their loved one in the coffin.

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