Meaning of “coffin” in the English Dictionary

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"coffin" in British English

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coffinnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkɒf.ɪn/ us /ˈkɑː.fɪn/ US also casket


  • After the pets are mummified, they are put in a coffin or covered in bronze.
  • Each coffin takes about three months to build, so don’t wait too long to decide!
  • Finally, the bodies were put in coffins and buried in tombs.
  • If it were your funeral, what shape of coffin would you like?
  • Inside the coffin, there was a mummy.
  • Many people came to his funeral for a chance to see his body in the coffin before it was buried.
  • Sixty years later, funerals in Ghana are famous for fantastic coffins.
  • The coffins are now very popular.
  • The people of Tana Toraja place their dead in caves in nearby cliffs or in coffins tied with rope to the side of a mountain.
  • Then, they placed the mummies in coffins, buried them in the ground, and put large rocks on top of them.
  • There are coffins in the shape of food, animals, cars, airplanes, shoes, even ice cream.
  • Things like fine cloth, coffins, and tombs were also expensive.
  • Usually the coffins show something about the personality or the job of the person to be buried.
  • When Mr. Owoo heard the news, he turned the cocoa pod chair into a coffin for the chief.

(Definition of “coffin” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"coffin" in American English

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coffinnoun [ C ]

us /ˈkɔ·fən, ˈkɑf·ən/

a long box used to bury or cremate (= burn) a dead person

(Definition of “coffin” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)