An old leather coffer.
- The definition of a coffer is a box or chest, particularly one that stores valuables or a treasury of funds.
- An example of coffer is a jewelry box.
- An example of coffer is the money kept by a club.
- Coffer means to put or lay in a chest or box.
An example of coffer is to place a valuable ring in a jewelry box.
- a chest or strongbox for keeping money or valuables
- [pl.] a treasury; funds
- a decorative sunken panel as in a vault, dome, etc.
- a cofferdam
- a lock in a canal
Origin of cofferMiddle English from Old French cofre, a chest from Classical Latin cophinus: see coffin
- to enclose in a coffer or chest
- to furnish with decorative sunken panels
- A strongbox.
- often coffers a. Financial resources; funds.b. A treasury: stole money from the union coffers.
- Architecture A decorative sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, soffit, or vault.
- The chamber formed by a canal lock.
- A cofferdam.
- A floating dock.
transitive verbcof·fered, cof·fer·ing, cof·fers
- To put in a coffer.
- Architecture To supply (a ceiling, for example) with decorative sunken panels.
Origin of cofferMiddle English cofre from Old French alteration of cofne from Latin cophinus basket ; see coffin .
interior view of the coffered
concrete dome of the
- A strongbox: a strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.
- (architecture) An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome; a caisson.
- A cofferdam.
- A supply or store of money, often belonging to an organization.
- A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it with raking fire.
(third-person singular simple present coffers, present participle coffering, simple past and past participle coffered)
- To put money or valuables in a coffer
- To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.
From Old French cofre, coffre, from Latin cophinus (“basket”), from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kophinos, “basket”).