a coffin.
a small chest or box, as for jewels.
to put or enclose in a casket.
Contemporary Examples

Sitting in chairs staring at the casket are friends, family, and… Kevin Spacey?
Kevin Spacey Stars as a Frank Underwood-like Warmonger in ‘Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare’ Alec Kubas-Meyer November 7, 2014

Jerry Seinfeld once said that more people would rather be in a casket than giving the eulogy at a funeral.
What Would Shakespeare Say? Liz Goodwin April 12, 2009

Before the body was sent to the crematorium, Shilling and Crump filled the casket with animal bones, meat, and a mannequin.
The Granny Faked Funeral Case Christine Pelisek January 17, 2011

It was better that he did not look at the casket and grave of John Fitzgerald Kennedy too often.
Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns Jimmy Breslin November 21, 2013

I had helped load his body into the casket at the morgue in a city half a world away from his hometown.
The First American: Excerpt from Henry Crumpton’s ‘The Art of Intelligence’ Henry A. Crumpton May 13, 2012

Historical Examples

They filed softly into the room—the Club rising as they entered—and circled around the casket.
The Comstock Club Charles Carroll Goodwin

He took the mysterious rose from the casket, and held it toward Severo.
The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy

Pog mechanically took up the casket and placed it on his knees.
The Knight of Malta Eugene Sue

She opened the casket, and found in it six thousand pistoles.
The History of England from the Accession of James II. Thomas Babington Macaulay

In that momentary calmness, he felt so strong and so rejoiced in his self-command that his spirit seemed to spurn its casket.
The Treasure of Pearls Gustave Aimard

a small box or chest for valuables, esp jewels
(mainly US) another name for coffin (sense 1)

mid-15c., “small box for jewels, etc.,” possibly a diminutive of English cask, or from a corruption of Middle French casset (see cassette). Meaning “coffin” is American English, probably euphemistic, attested by 1832.

Caskets! a vile modern phrase, which compels a person … to shrink … from the idea of being buried at all. [Hawthorne, “Our Old Home,” 1863]


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