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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.

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.

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  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. Jeanne Calment:

    When I'm laid in my coffin, I want you to put a picture of my grandchild to the right of me and and a picture of my daughter to my left. That way they will be buried with me.

  2. Maria Sharapova:

    I mean, unless I'm really in my coffin, I'm going to be out there.

  3. Chris Kang:

    President Biden's approach to judicial nominations is going to put the nail in the coffin of the conventional wisdom that Democrats don't care enough about Supreme Court.

  4. Carla Ferrigno:

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

  5. Jane Gregory:

    It was just something I had to see and experience -- it's part of history, i came on Monday too, to view the coffin -- it was a great experience. I queued for two and a half hours and it was worth every minute.

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