- 1A long, narrow box, typically of wood, in which a corpse is buried or cremated.More example sentences
- Dead persons are buried in coffins on the grounds of a church or are cremated and have their ashes buried in the graveyard.
- You may still find dead people being buried without coffins, simply because relatives cannot afford to buy one.
- Sofia took the bodies of her daughters, placed them in a coffin and buried them outside of town.
- 1.1 • informal An old and unsafe aircraft or vessel.More example sentences
- This has been custom for as long as anyone who has ever lived upon this coffin of a ship can remember.
- The increased use of aeroplanes in warfare led to such terms as Beauey, biscuit bomber, and flying coffin.
- Protestors call the country's airplanes flying coffins.
verb (coffins, coffining, coffined)[with object] Back to top
- Put (a dead body) in a coffin.More example sentences
- While the embalmed heart was returned to the chest of the deceased, the other organs were separately packaged, coffined, and stored.
Middle English (in the general sense 'box, chest, casket'): from Old French cofin 'little basket or case', from Latin cophinus (see coffer).