Definition of casket in English:

casket

Syllabification: cas·ket
Pronunciation: /ˈkaskət
 
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noun

1A small ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valuable objects.
More example sentences
  • Originally a toilet box, jewel casket, or container for incense, it was adopted as early as the 4th century to hold the reserved Host, and carry it in procession or to the sick.
  • This social comedy takes on new height when Tony attempts to help Constance and her lover elope with her casket of jewels.
  • She took from her jewel casket all her finest brooches and pins, and chose again the silver one covered with garnets, as it was largest and most beautiful.
Synonyms
box, chest, case, container, receptacle
1.1chiefly North American A coffin.
More example sentences
  • He gave it to my mother to clutch to her chest as the casket was lowered into the ground.
  • Police top brass carry the casket, wrapped in the colours of the South African flag, to the grave.
  • Then the children put their letters into the casket and kissed their mother's forehead, then Jonathon put his letter in the casket and looked at his wife.
Synonyms
informal box
humorous wooden overcoat

Origin

late Middle English: perhaps an Anglo-Norman French form of Old French cassette, diminutive of casse (see case2).

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