Definition of coffin in English:
- 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.
- 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
Coffin comes from the Old French word cofin meaning ‘a little basket’, and in medieval English could refer to a chest, casket, or even a pie. The sense ‘a box in which a dead body is buried or cremated’ dates from the early 16th century. A closely related word is coffer (Middle English)—both words share the same source, Greek kophinos ‘a basket’.
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