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



BrE BrE//ˈkɒfɪn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːfɪn//
, NAmE//ˈkɑːfɪn//
(especially British English) (usually North American English casket) Death
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  • a box in which a dead body is buried or cremated A procession of mourners slowly followed the coffin. the flag-draped coffins of soldiers coming home See related entries: Death
  • Word OriginMiddle English (in the general sense ‘box, casket’): from Old French cofin ‘little basket or case’, from Latin cophinus, from Greek kophinos ‘basket’. Wordfinderashes, cemetery, coffin, cremation, die, funeral, grave, hearse, morgue, mournIdioms
    a nail in somebody’s/something’s coffin
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    something that makes the end or failure of an organization, somebody’s plans, etc. more likely to happen This latest defeat is another nail in the government's coffin.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coffin

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