Definition of casket in English:



  • 1A small ornamental box or chest for holding jewels, letters, or other valued objects.

    ‘a small brass casket containing four black opals’
    • ‘A scroll with details of why it is being given will be presented in a wooden casket.’
    • ‘She took from her jewel casket all her finest brooches and pins, and chose again the silver one covered with garnets, as it was largest and most beautiful.’
    • ‘This social comedy takes on new height when Tony attempts to help Constance and her lover elope with her casket of jewels.’
    • ‘These caskets contained a ‘certificate of ownership’ with a telephone number which the finder called to claim a 22 carat gold egg created by Garrard, the crown jewellers.’
    • ‘Inside, in one of the mirrored and gilded rooms that glitter and preen like a self-conscious jewel casket, is warmer.’
    • ‘Dr Faust with the aid of the devil leaves her a casket full of jewels.’
    • ‘Remember when a TV reporter happened upon a casket that contained a number of intimate items allegedly belonging to a prominent female citizen?’
    • ‘Privately donated pieces included a silver casket from the Rathbone family, a wonderfully romantic treasure chest.’
    • ‘The use of lacquered caskets and coffers for the storage of valuables recurs in a number of paintings.’
    • ‘If the casket he chose contained the portrait, he could marry Portia; if not, he would be compelled to leave and never woo another woman again.’
    • ‘The pack consists of a casket containing the Aborigine Flag, a number of didgeridoos, as well as various tools used by the Aborigine people who spent their lives as hunters and gatherers in order to survive.’
    • ‘Originally a toilet box, jewel casket, or container for incense, it was adopted as early as the 4th century to hold the reserved Host, and carry it in procession or to the sick.’
    • ‘You should also try their homemade cider, which is served out of small wooden caskets.’
    • ‘The thieves get away with the casket but not the jewels, which Lizzie has extracted for safe keeping.’
    box, chest, case, container, receptacle, coffer, trunk, crate
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    1. 1.1British A small wooden box for cremated ashes.
      • ‘Inside a lead box was a casket that had contained his heart and entrails, ensuring that he could not rise from the dead.’
      • ‘Almost five years after her first funeral, her grave was reopened and a small casket containing the missing parts placed inside.’
      • ‘It was even said that when she died aged 44 he used the casket which had contained her ashes to mix cement.’
      • ‘The cremated bones are thought to have originally lain in a locked wooden casket decorated with lion-headed studs and bronze rings.’
      • ‘Legend has it that he threw the casket containing his old leader's heart into the enemy ranks, bidding the Bruce to lead him into battle one last time.’
      • ‘The partner of the rock star, who died after a drug-fuelled night of sex with a Las Vegas stripper, has revealed she still sleeps every night with a casket containing his ashes.’
      • ‘The other casket with the letter ‘Ma’ belonged to Maudgalyanayana and contained two small fragments of bones.’
      • ‘Her coffin was placed next to his in a vault within the chapel, where the casket containing the ashes of Princess Margaret was also interred.’
      • ‘But under these were three wooden caskets, so neat it was clear that someone had looked after them.’
      • ‘But the casket containing the ashes is initially being placed in another vault at St George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.’
      • ‘The ashes were recently delivered to our friend's home - in a smart wooden casket complete with brass nameplate.’
      • ‘Investigating officers say the vandals had to dig 3ft into the ground to get at the wooden casket containing Margaret's ashes.’
      • ‘When she died, her body was laid to rest before the high alter and a casket containing her husband's embalmed heart was placed beside her.’
      • ‘If the deceased was cremated and returned to a country outside of Canada, then the applicable tax on the cremation casket and the urn that contained the ashes would be eligible for a refund.’
    2. 1.2North American A coffin.
      • ‘It's the photograph that we remember: a picture of the dead black boy in his casket, his face bloated, mutilated, no longer human.’
      • ‘Cremation reduces the cost of dying, since the casket is a major expense and for cremation a plain rigid container, wood and/or other material, is sufficient.’
      • ‘The escort carries with him or her a flag during the flight which is then draped over the casket upon arrival.’
      • ‘On cue they lifted the gray box and stepped forward as one, sliding the casket into the hearse.’
      • ‘Police top brass carry the casket, wrapped in the colours of the South African flag, to the grave.’
      • ‘Then the children put their letters into the casket and kissed their mother's forehead, then Jonathon put his letter in the casket and looked at his wife.’
      • ‘The next moment, however, he was looking down on two black caskets that held his mother and father's body.’
      • ‘The two most common ways to handle the remains of a loved one is to purchase a casket and bury them or have their remains cremated.’
      • ‘During the wake, which can last up to three or four days, the casket is left open, and the mourners can kneel and say a prayer.’
      • ‘After we ran a story about beating the high costs of funerals, we heard from many readers who expressed interest in building wooden caskets for others.’
      • ‘A knot forms in Jared's stomach as he watches the casket go by; the casket that contains the body of his beloved.’
      • ‘Most of the kids from school who knew him made an effort to show up, and a sea of black surrounding the casket where he lay.’
      • ‘The coffin was decked with flowers and a miniature pit bull terrier was placed on top of the casket along with a black Celtic Cross.’
      • ‘I hate caskets, that is why I want to be cremated.’
      • ‘Douglas Duff's arrival by mail boat at Dublin's North Wall was made memorable when he spotted four caskets covered by Union Jacks awaiting return to England.’
      • ‘By its size, the box appeared to contain a child's casket.’
      • ‘He gave it to my mother to clutch to her chest as the casket was lowered into the ground.’
      • ‘Her body shook with her cries, as she looked up at the wooden casket that held her beloved inside.’
      • ‘An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel when he came upon a casket containing a mummy.’
      • ‘Thunder rolled viciously as the six men carried the rough-hewn casket containing the body of the kingdom's youngest princess.’
      coffin, box
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Late Middle English: perhaps an Anglo-Norman French form of Old French cassette, diminutive of casse (see case).