Meaning of COFFER in English


n.1 a box, esp. a large strongbox for valuables.

2 (in pl.) a treasury or store of funds.

3 a sunken panel in a ceiling etc.

Phrases and idioms:

coffer-dam a watertight enclosure pumped dry to permit work below the waterline on building bridges etc., or for repairing a ship.


coffered adj.

Etymology: ME f. OF coffre f. L cophinus f. Gk kophinos basket

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.