• (RP) IPA: /ˈkɒfə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈkɔfɚ/
  • (America, cot-caught, Canada) IPA: /ˈkɑfɚ/

coffer (plural coffers)

  1. A strong chest or box used for keeping money or valuables safe.
    Synonyms: strongbox
  2. (architecture) An ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling or dome.
    Synonyms: caisson
    • 1979, Cormac McCarthy, Suttree, Random House, p.135:
      Prolapsed and waterstained ceiling, the sagging coffers.
  3. A cofferdam.
  4. A supply or store of money, often belonging to an organization.
    • c.1610-1620 (written), 1661 (first published), Francis Bacon, Letter of Advice to the Duke of Buckingham
      He would discharge it without any great burden to the queen's coffers.
    • c. 1601–1602, William Shakespeare, “Twelfe Night, or VVhat You VVill”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene iii]:
      Hold, there is half my coffer.
  5. A trench dug in the bottom of a dry moat, and extending across it, to enable the besieged to defend it with raking fire.
Translations Translations Translations Verb

coffer (coffers, present participle coffering; past and past participle coffered)

  1. (transitive) To put money or valuables in a coffer
  2. (transitive) To decorate something, especially a ceiling, with coffers.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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