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casket

Noun

1 box in which a corpse is buried or cremated [syn: coffin]
2 small and often ornate box for holding jewels or other valuables [syn: jewel casket] v : enclose in a casket

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English

Etymology

From cassette.

Noun

  1. A little box, e.g. for jewellery.
  2. An urn.
  3. The type of coffin with upholstery and a half-open lid.

Translations

little box e.g. for jewelry
urn
coffin

Extensive Definition

A casket, or a jewelry box is a receptacle for trinkets and jewels. It may take a very modest form, covered in leather and lined with satin, or it may reach the monumental proportions of the jewel cabinets which were made for Marie Antoinette, one of which is at Windsor, and another at Versailles, the work of Schwerdfeger as cabinet maker, Degault as miniature painter, and Thomire as chaser.
Caskets are often made in precious materials, such as gold, silver or ivory. In ancient East Asia, caskets often made in wood, china, or covered with silk. Some of these caskets could be collected as decorative boxes.
casket in Chinese: 奁

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

bottle up, box, box in, box up, burial case, cabin, case, chest, cloister, closet, coffer, coffin, confine, container, cramp, crib, encase, entomb, immure, kist, mummy case, receptacle, sarcophagus, straiten
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