noun Etymology: Middle English, perhaps modification of Middle French cassette Date: 15th century 1. a small chest or box (as for jewels) 2. a usually fancy coffin • casket transitive verb

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  • Casket — Cas ket, n. [Cf. F. casquet, dim. of casque belmet, fr. Sp. casco.] 1. A small chest or box, esp. of rich material or ornamental character, as for jewels, etc. [1913 Webster] The little casket bring me hither. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. A kind of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casket — In America and some other English speaking countries outside Britain, casket is used as an alternative for coffin. In BrE, a casket is a container for funerary ashes …   Modern English usage

  • Casket — Cas ket, v. t. To put into, or preserve in, a casket. [Poetic] I have casketed my treasure. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • casket — [kas′kit, käs′kit] n. [ME, prob. < NormFr cassette, dim. of casse, CASE2; k by analogy with CASK] 1. a small box or chest, as for valuables ☆ 2. a coffin, esp. a costly one vt. to put into a casket …   English World dictionary

  • Casket — Cas ket, n. (Naut.) A gasket. See {Gasket}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Casket — (Kasquet), eine helmartige Kopfbedeckung einiger Armeen die aus dem Kasten, dem Vorder , dem Hinterschirme, dem Schweife von Bärenfell od. der wollenen Raupe u. dem Beschlage bestehet …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • casket — mid 15c., small box for jewels, etc., possibly formed as a dim. of English CASK (Cf. cask), or from M.Fr. casset (see CASSETTE (Cf. cassette)). Meaning coffin is Amer.Eng., probably euphemistic, first attested 1849. Caskets! a vile modern phrase …   Etymology dictionary

  • casket — [n] burial box bin, carton, case, chest, coffer, crate, funerary box, pine box, pinto, sarcophagus, wood overcoat*; concepts 368,494 …   New thesaurus

  • casket — ► NOUN 1) a small ornamental box or chest for holding valuable objects. 2) chiefly N. Amer. a coffin. ORIGIN perhaps a variant of Old French cassette little box …   English terms dictionary

  • casket — noun (AmE) ⇨ See also ↑coffin ADJECTIVE ▪ wooden ▪ closed, open ▪ an open casket funeral ▪ flag draped ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • casket — [[t]kɑ͟ːskɪt, kæ̱sk [/t]] caskets 1) N COUNT A casket is a small box in which you keep valuable things. [LITERARY] 2) N COUNT A casket is a coffin. [mainly AM] …   English dictionary

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