Definition of casket in US English:



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

    • ‘Inside, in one of the mirrored and gilded rooms that glitter and preen like a self-conscious jewel casket, is warmer.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Remember when a TV reporter happened upon a casket that contained a number of intimate items allegedly belonging to a prominent female citizen?’
    • ‘The thieves get away with the casket but not the jewels, which Lizzie has extracted for safe keeping.’
    • ‘The use of lacquered caskets and coffers for the storage of valuables recurs in a number of paintings.’
    • ‘This social comedy takes on new height when Tony attempts to help Constance and her lover elope with her casket of jewels.’
    • ‘Dr Faust with the aid of the devil leaves her a casket full of jewels.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A scroll with details of why it is being given will be presented in a wooden casket.’
    • ‘Privately donated pieces included a silver casket from the Rathbone family, a wonderfully romantic treasure chest.’
    • ‘You should also try their homemade cider, which is served out of small wooden caskets.’
    • ‘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.’
    box, chest, case, container, receptacle, coffer, trunk, crate
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    1. 1.1North American A coffin.
      • ‘Thunder rolled viciously as the six men carried the rough-hewn casket containing the body of the kingdom's youngest princess.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 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.’
      • ‘By its size, the box appeared to contain a child's casket.’
      • ‘The next moment, however, he was looking down on two black caskets that held his mother and father's body.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘An archaeologist was digging in the Negev Desert in Israel when he came upon a casket containing a mummy.’
      • ‘Police top brass carry the casket, wrapped in the colours of the South African flag, to the grave.’
      • ‘It's the photograph that we remember: a picture of the dead black boy in his casket, his face bloated, mutilated, no longer human.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A knot forms in Jared's stomach as he watches the casket go by; the casket that contains the body of his beloved.’
      • ‘Her body shook with her cries, as she looked up at the wooden casket that held her beloved inside.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On cue they lifted the gray box and stepped forward as one, sliding the casket into the hearse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He gave it to my mother to clutch to her chest as the casket was lowered into the ground.’
      • ‘I hate caskets, that is why I want to be cremated.’
      • ‘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.’
      coffin, box
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Late Middle English: perhaps an Anglo-Norman French form of Old French cassette, diminutive of casse (see case).