Definition of casket noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɑːskɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkæskɪt//
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  1. 1a small decorated box for holding jewellery or other valuable things, especially in the past
  2. 2(North American English) (also coffin especially in British English) a box in which a dead body is buried or cremated A procession of mourners slowly followed the casket. See related entries: Death
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps an Anglo-Norman French form of Old French cassette, diminutive of casse, chasse, from Latin capsa, related to capere ‘to hold’.Extra examples The casket was lowered into the grave. an open-casket funeral the flag-draped caskets of soldiers coming home Inside lay a casket of gold coins.
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