- the case or box in which a dead body is buried
- the horny part of a horse's hoof
Origin of coffinMiddle English and Old French cofin, basket, coffer from Classical Latin cophinus from Classical Greek kophinos, a basket
- An oblong box in which a corpse is buried.
- The horny part of a horse's hoof.
transitive verbcof·fined, cof·fin·ing, cof·fins
Origin of coffinMiddle English cofin basket from Old French from Latin cophinus from Greek kophinos
(third-person singular simple present coffins, present participle coffining, simple past and past participle coffined)
- To place in a coffin.
From Middle English cofin, from Old Northern French cofin (“sarcophagus", earlier "basket, coffer”), from Latin cophinus (“basket”), a loanword from Ancient Greek κόφινος (kophinos, “a basket”).