Definition of coffer in English:

coffer

noun

  • 1A strongbox or small chest for holding valuables.

    • ‘Other variations might include the integration of a box base used for storage, but despite appearances, box settles are not derivations of a chest or coffer.’
    • ‘It is also sometimes equally difficult to distinguish the Japanese lacquered coffers and caskets found in paintings from the japanned imitations made in Europe.’
    • ‘Most often illustrated, however, are lacquered boxes and coffers that seem to have been imported in larger quantities than any other lacquerware.’
    • ‘Some carpets of lesser value were shored elsewhere; others covered chests, writing desks, tables, and coffers.’
    • ‘Tellingly, the newspaper doesn't describe the politician's loot as being contained in a coffer, which has a sordid, old politics feel to it.’
    • ‘They searched through the libraries and studies, the walls of houses, chests, drawers, coffers and places where money is stored.’
    • ‘The prince had to order a second coffer of cigarettes, and coffee in small porcelain cups decorated with dying swans.’
    • ‘In the background is a large lacquered coffer, its side decorated with a flying bird and another perched in a tree.’
    • ‘The use of lacquered caskets and coffers for the storage of valuables recurs in a number of paintings.’
    strongbox, money box, cash box, money chest, treasure chest, casket, trunk, box, safe, safety-deposit box, safe-deposit box, repository
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    1. 1.1The funds or financial reserves of a group or institution.
      ‘the federal government's empty coffers’
      • ‘Newspapers are hardly known for opening up the coffers for promotion, even as they strong-arm their ad clients into doing so.’
      • ‘These levies, paid by all firms, go into a general coffer administered by the state.’
      • ‘The pub is one of a number of buildings being sold by the council to bring money back into its coffers.’
      • ‘He should keep his hands off students' money and public coffers.’
      • ‘I can only assume an already poor, disorganized party went dipping into the coffer.’
      • ‘In January 69,142 infringements were issued, pouring about $10 million into State Government coffers.’
      • ‘Throughout the Middle Ages prevailing opinion held that the might of a nation was determined by the size of its coffers.’
      • ‘The idea was to finance the empty coffers of the social security system in that way.’
      • ‘For more than a year he secretly used cash from the bank's coffers to keep his creditors at bay.’
      • ‘A teacher on a marathon mission to boost the coffers of a charity close to her heart is staging a festive fundraiser for the cause.’
      • ‘The country's golden run of strong economic growth has been kind to federal and state coffers.’
      • ‘It has long been suspected that the cash went straight into the coffers of the Treasury.’
      • ‘He was found guilty of funnelling investment funds into his own coffers and spent two years in prison.’
      • ‘Two years later, more than half the cash remains in the fund's coffers.’
      • ‘Later this week the financial coffers of this small circulation but widely read magazine will be swelled by a plaintive advert.’
      • ‘Auctions for Internet licenses can drive up the cost and slow investment, even as they provide funds for the government coffers.’
      • ‘In recent years, the collection has been in trouble, its fate uncertain, its coffers drained by legal battles and mismanagement.’
      • ‘Is the record price for oil biting into their profits, or does it mean more money for company coffers?’
      • ‘Households are consolidating debt, domestic demand is slowing and strong export prices are boosting the nation's coffers.’
      • ‘Very little of this cash has gone into improvements to retirement payouts for workers whose ‘deferred wages’ swelled the coffers of the pension funds.’
  • 2A recessed panel in a ceiling.

    • ‘The underside of the floor slab was cast with domed coffers which have been fitted with circular glass light fittings.’
    • ‘The front door leads into a rotunda with a domed ceiling decorated with rosettes in the coffers.’
    • ‘In fact, different choices of the coffers or ground plan aspect ratios yield different consistent three-dimensional models.’
    • ‘Throughout the day coffers are seen in relief, set within a constant array of shadows that appear static when passed by the dynamic shaft of sunlight.’
    • ‘Then the coffers were returned to the mosque row by row and fixed in place.’
    • ‘On the main level, the architect drew the viewer's attention to the coved ceiling of the circular gallery by embellishing it with inset coffers.’
    • ‘This open office uses indirect light in a central coffer to add decoration to the room.’
    • ‘The latter features a modern bar with zinc top and red strip lighting; contemporary wall uplighters in steel have been fitted to highlight the coffers in the ceiling.’
    • ‘This is Penn Station's dining room as seen from below after the plaster coffers and pilasters were partially removed.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French coffre chest via Latin from Greek kophinos basket.

Pronunciation:

coffer

/ˈkôfər//ˈkäfər/