coffin Definition

a long, narrow box, typically of wood, in which a dead body is buried or cremated.

Using coffin: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "coffin" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The coffin was carried by six pallbearers.

  • Example

    The body was placed in a simple wooden coffin.

  • Example

    The family chose a bronze coffin for the funeral.

  • Example

    The coffin was lowered into the grave.

coffin Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for coffin

Phrases with coffin

  • a cigarette


    He took out a pack of coffin nails and offered me one.

  • an elderly person


    The party was full of coffin dodgers reminiscing about the good old days.

  • the third phalanx of a horse's foot


    The vet had to remove the coffin bone due to severe injury.

Origins of coffin

from Old French 'coffin', meaning 'basket'


Summary: coffin in Brief

A 'coffin' [ˈkɒfɪn] is a long, narrow box, usually made of wood, used to bury or cremate a dead body. It is often carried by pallbearers and can be made of different materials like bronze or wood. The term also extends to phrases like 'coffin nail,' meaning a cigarette, and 'coffin dodger,' referring to an elderly person.

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