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



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒfə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɔːfər//
    , NAmE//ˈkɑːfər//
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  1. 1[countable] a large strong box, used in the past for storing money or valuable objects
  2. 2(also coffers [plural]) a way of referring to the money that a government, an organization, etc. has available to spend The nation's coffers are empty.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French coffre ‘chest’, via Latin from Greek kophinos ‘basket’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: coffer