coffer

  • 1 Coffer — Cof fer (?; 115), n. [OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus basket, fr. Gr. ?. Cf. {Coffin}, n.] 1. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In ivory coffers I have stuffed my… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Coffer — Cof fer, v. t. 1. To put into a coffer. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining.) To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering. Raymond. [1913 Webster] 3. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 coffer — [kôf′ər, käf′ər] n. [ME < OFr cofre, a chest < L cophinus: see COFFIN] 1. a chest or strongbox for keeping money or valuables 2. [pl.] a treasury; funds 3. a decorative sunken panel as in a vault, dome, etc. 4. a cofferdam 5. a lock in a… …

    English World dictionary

  • 4 coffer — I noun area, bank, cista, container, depository, holder, locker, money chest, receptacle, safe, safe deposit box, storage, strongbox, till, treasury, vault II index bank, depository, repository …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 coffer — UK US /ˈkɒfər/ noun ► [C] a large strong box in which money or valuable objects are kept ● coffers Cf. coffers …

    Financial and business terms

  • 6 coffer — mid 13c., from O.Fr. cofre a chest (12c., Mod.Fr. coffre), from L. cophinus basket (see COFFIN (Cf. coffin)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 7 coffer — [n] large box case, casket, chest, exchequer, repository, strongbox, treasure chest, treasury, war chest*; concept 494 …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 coffer — ► NOUN 1) a small chest for holding valuables. 2) (coffers) the funds or financial reserves of an institution. 3) a decorative sunken panel in a ceiling. ORIGIN Old French coffre chest , from Greek kophinos basket …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 Coffer — For other uses, see Coffer (disambiguation). Coffering on the ceiling of the Pantheon, Rome A coffer (or coffering) in architecture, is a sunken panel in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault …

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  • 10 coffer — UK [ˈkɒfə(r)] / US [ˈkɑfər] noun Word forms coffer : singular coffer plural coffers 1) coffers [plural] the supply of money that an organization has available to spend 2) [countable] a large strong box used for keeping valuable things in,… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 coffer — I. noun Etymology: Middle English coffre, from Anglo French, ultimately from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos Date: 13th century 1. chest; especially strongbox 2. treasury, funds usually used in plural 3. a recessed panel in a vault,… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 12 coffer — cofferlike, adj. /kaw feuhr, kof euhr/, n. 1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables. 2. coffers, a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions. 3. any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam. 4 …

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  • 13 coffer — 1. noun /ˈkɒfə/ a) A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe. b) An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome. 2. verb /ˈkɒfə/ …

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  • 14 Coffer —    In architecture, a coffer is a sunken panel on a ceiling or dome that has both structural and ornamental purposes. Structurally, it lightens the ceiling as less concrete or other materials are needed for its construction. Coffers were a common …

    Dictionary of Renaissance art

  • 15 coffer — [[t]kɒ̱fə(r)[/t]] coffers 1) N COUNT A coffer is a large strong chest used for storing valuable objects such as money or gold and silver. [OLD FASHIONED] 2) N PLURAL: with supp, oft N of n, n N The coffers of an organization consist of the money… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 coffer — noun 1》 a small chest for holding valuables.     ↘(coffers) the funds or financial reserves of an institution. 2》 a decorative sunken panel in a ceiling. verb [usu. as adjective coffered] decorate (a ceiling) with a coffer or coffers. Origin ME:… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 17 coffer — noun 1) every church had a coffer Syn: strongbox, money box, cashbox, money chest, treasure chest, safe; casket, box 2) (coffers) the government coffers Syn: fund(s) …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 18 coffer — cof•fer [[t]ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ər[/t]] n. 1) a box or chest, esp. one for valuables 2) coffers, a treasury, as of an organization; funds 3) cofferdam 4) archit. one of a number of sunken panels, usu. square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit …

    From formal English to slang

  • 19 coffer — /ˈkɒfə / (say kofuh) noun 1. a box or chest, especially one for valuables. 2. (plural) a treasury; funds. 3. any of various box like enclosures, as a cofferdam. 4. a canal lock chamber. 5. a caisson, or watertight box. 6. an ornamental sunken… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 20 coffer — n. 1 a box, esp. a large strongbox for valuables. 2 (in pl.) a treasury or store of funds. 3 a sunken panel in a ceiling etc. Phrases and idioms: coffer dam a watertight enclosure pumped dry to permit work below the waterline on building bridges… …

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