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[kaw-fer, kof-er] /ˈkɔ fər, ˈkɒf ər/

a box or chest, especially one for valuables.
coffers, a treasury; funds:
The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.
any of various boxlike enclosures, as a .
Also called caisson, lacunar. Architecture. one of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
verb (used with object)
to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
a chest, esp for storing valuables
(usually pl) a store of money
Also called caisson, lacuna. an ornamental sunken panel in a ceiling, dome, etc
a watertight box or chamber

verb (transitive)
to store, as in a coffer
to decorate (a ceiling, dome, etc) with coffers

mid-13c., from Old French cofre “a chest” (12c., Modern French coffre), from Latin cophinus “basket” (see coffin).

the receptacle or small box placed beside the ark by the Philistines, in which they deposited the golden mice and the emerods as their trespass-offering (1 Sam. 6:8, 11, 15).


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