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coffer Syllabification: cof·fer
Pronunciation: /ˈkôfər/

Definition of coffer in English:


1A strongbox or small chest for holding valuables.
Example sentences
  • 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.
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.
fund(s), reserves, resources, money, finances, wealth, cash, capital, purse;
treasury, exchequer
informal pork barrel
2A recessed panel in a ceiling.
Example sentences
  • 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.


Pronunciation: /ˈkôfərd/
sense 2.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

Words that rhyme with coffer

cougher, Offa, offer, proffer, quaffer, scoffer
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