Meaning of COFFER in English


I. ˈkȯ-fər, ˈkä- noun

Etymology: Middle English coffre, from Anglo-French, ultimately from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos

Date: 13th century

1. : chest ; especially : strongbox

2. : treasury , funds — usually used in plural

3. : a recessed panel in a vault, ceiling, or soffit

II. transitive verb

Date: 14th century

1. : to store or hoard up in a coffer

2. : to form (as a ceiling) with recessed panels

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.