Meaning of coffer

cof•fer

Pronunciation: (kô'fur, kof'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables.
  2. a treasury; funds: The coffers of the organization were rapidly filled by the contributions.
  3. any of various boxlike enclosures, as a cofferdam.
  4. Also calledone of a number of sunken panels, usually square or octagonal, in a vault, ceiling, or soffit.
—v.t.
  1. to deposit or lay up in or as in a coffer or chest.
  2. to ornament with coffers or sunken panels.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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