Definition of coffer in English:

coffer

Syllabification: cof·fer
Pronunciation: /ˈkôfər, ˈkäfər
 
 
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noun

  • 1A strongbox or small chest for holding valuables.
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    • Other variations might include the integration of a box base used for storage, but despite appearances, box settles are not derivations of a chest or coffer.
    • They searched through the libraries and studies, the walls of houses, chests, drawers, coffers and places where money is stored.
    • The use of lacquered caskets and coffers for the storage of valuables recurs in a number of paintings.
    Synonyms
    strongbox, money box, cashbox, money chest, treasure chest, safe; casket, box
  • 1.1 (coffers) The funds or financial reserves of a group or institution: the federal government’s empty coffers
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    • The idea was to finance the empty coffers of the social security system in that way.
    • Very little of this cash has gone into improvements to retirement payouts for workers whose ‘deferred wages’ swelled the coffers of the pension funds.
    • Two years later, more than half the cash remains in the fund's coffers.
    Synonyms
    fund(s), reserves, resources, money, finances, wealth, cash, capital, purse; treasury, exchequer
    informal pork barrel
  • 2A recessed panel in a ceiling.
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    • This is Penn Station's dining room as seen from below after the plaster coffers and pilasters were partially removed.
    • Then the coffers were returned to the mosque row by row and fixed in place.
    • The latter features a modern bar with zinc top and red strip lighting; contemporary wall uplighters in steel have been fitted to highlight the coffers in the ceiling.

Derivatives

coffered

adjective
sense 2.
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  • The rooms are tiny, but most have frescoed or coffered ceilings.
  • The house in which he opened his eyes was magical - a library with coffered ceilings, leather-bound sets of Sand and Kipling lining the shelves.
  • The gilt rosettes that once studded its coffered dome evoked the firmament.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French coffre 'chest', via Latin from Greek kophinos 'basket'.

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