coffer

[[t]kɒ̱fə(r)[/t]]
coffers
1) N-COUNT A coffer is a large strong chest used for storing valuable objects such as money or gold and silver. [OLD-FASHIONED]
2) N-PLURAL: with supp, oft N of n, n N The coffers of an organization consist of the money that it has to spend, imagined as being collected together in one place.

The proceeds from the lottery go towards sports and recreation, as well as swelling the coffers of the government...

Large public and private companies have long been contributors to Tory party coffers.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • Coffer — Cof fer (?; 115), n. [OF. cofre, F. coffre, L. cophinus basket, fr. Gr. ?. Cf. {Coffin}, n.] 1. A casket, chest, or trunk; especially, one used for keeping money or other valuables. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] In ivory coffers I have stuffed my… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Coffer — Cof fer, v. t. 1. To put into a coffer. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mining.) To secure from leaking, as a shaft, by ramming clay behind the masonry or timbering. Raymond. [1913 Webster] 3. To form with or in a coffer or coffers; to furnish with a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • coffer — [kôf′ər, käf′ər] n. [ME < OFr cofre, a chest < L cophinus: see COFFIN] 1. a chest or strongbox for keeping money or valuables 2. [pl.] a treasury; funds 3. a decorative sunken panel as in a vault, dome, etc. 4. a cofferdam 5. a lock in a… …   English World dictionary

  • coffer — I noun area, bank, cista, container, depository, holder, locker, money chest, receptacle, safe, safe deposit box, storage, strongbox, till, treasury, vault II index bank, depository, repository …   Law dictionary

  • coffer — UK US /ˈkɒfər/ noun ► [C] a large strong box in which money or valuable objects are kept ● coffers Cf. coffers …   Financial and business terms

  • coffer — mid 13c., from O.Fr. cofre a chest (12c., Mod.Fr. coffre), from L. cophinus basket (see COFFIN (Cf. coffin)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • coffer — [n] large box case, casket, chest, exchequer, repository, strongbox, treasure chest, treasury, war chest*; concept 494 …   New thesaurus

  • coffer — ► NOUN 1) a small chest for holding valuables. 2) (coffers) the funds or financial reserves of an institution. 3) a decorative sunken panel in a ceiling. ORIGIN Old French coffre chest , from Greek kophinos basket …   English terms dictionary

  • Coffer — For other uses, see Coffer (disambiguation). Coffering on the ceiling of the Pantheon, Rome A coffer (or coffering) in architecture, is a sunken panel in the shape of a square, rectangle, or octagon in a ceiling, soffit or vault …   Wikipedia

  • coffer — UK [ˈkɒfə(r)] / US [ˈkɑfər] noun Word forms coffer : singular coffer plural coffers 1) coffers [plural] the supply of money that an organization has available to spend 2) [countable] a large strong box used for keeping valuable things in,… …   English dictionary

  • coffer — I. noun Etymology: Middle English coffre, from Anglo French, ultimately from Latin cophinus basket, from Greek kophinos Date: 13th century 1. chest; especially strongbox 2. treasury, funds usually used in plural 3. a recessed panel in a vault,… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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