Pronunciation: (kô'fur, kof'ur),[key] —n. 1. a box or chest, esp. one for valuables.
2. coffers,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 called caisson, lacunar.Archit.one 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.