Other Word Forms
Origin of coffin
- Middle English cofin basket from Old French from Latin cophinus from Greek kophinos
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).