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From Old French cofre, coffre, from Latin cophinus (basket), from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kóphinos, basket).



coffer (plural coffers)

  1. A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.
  2. (architecture) An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome; a caisson.
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.135:
      Prolapsed and waterstained ceiling, the sagging coffers.
  3. A cofferdam.
  4. A supply or store of money, often belonging to an organization.
    • Francis Bacon
      He would discharge it without any burden to the queen's coffers.
    • Shakespeare
      Hold, here is half my coffer.
  5. A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it with raking fire.

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coffer (third-person singular simple present coffers, present participle coffering, simple past and past participle coffered)

  1. (transitive) To put money or valuables in a coffer
  2. (transitive) To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.

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