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casket definition


This page has 5 definitions of casket in English. Casket is a noun and verb. Also define these 9 related words and terms: box, jewellery, urn, Canada, American English, coffin, nautical, gasket, and poetic.


Italian jewelry casket, from 1857, made of carved walnut, ebony and lined with red velvet


Probably from Norman cassette. Possibly reformed by analogy with cask[1][2], thus analyzable as cask +‎ -et. Doublet of cassette.



casket (plural caskets)

  1. A little box, e.g. for jewellery.
    • 1826, Mary Shelley, The Last Man, part 1, chapter 5
      They will be here at five, take merely the clothes necessary for the journey and her jewel-casket.
    • Box definition
      Senses relating to a three-dimensional object or space.
      1. A cuboid space; a cuboid container, often with a hinged lid. (1 of 30 box definitions)
  2. (Britain) An urn.
  3. (Canada, US) A coffin.
  4. (nautical) A gasket.



casket (third-person singular simple present caskets, present participle casketing, simple past and past participle casketed)

  1. (poetic, transitive) To put into, or preserve in, a casket.

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