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

Examples from literature

  • 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. 
  • A princess falls into a deep sleep, and is placed by a magician in a glass coffin. 
  • Papa stood at the head of the coffin. 
  • The cells were more like coffins than anything else—they were just six feet by three and contained no furniture of any kind. 
  • The coffin taken out of the hearse was lowered into the grave. 
  • The coffin was placed on the side of the mountain, and each of them watched it by turns, so that it was never left alone. 

(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)