Meaning of COFFER in English

COFFER

— cofferlike , adj.

/kaw"feuhr, kof"euhr/ , n.

1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables.

2. coffers , a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.

3. any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam.

4. Also called caisson, lacunar . Archit. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.

v.t.

5. to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.

6. to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.

[ 1250-1300; ME cofre cophinus basket; see COFFIN ]

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