Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of animals, prisoners, or slaves chained together in a line.
  • transitive verb To fasten together in a coffle.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A train or gang of slaves transported or marched for sale.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A gang of negro slaves being driven to market.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A line of people or animals fastened together, especially a chain of prisoners or slaves.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Arabic qāfila, caravan, feminine active participle of qafala, to close, return; see qpl in Semitic roots.]

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From Arabic قافلة (qāfila, "caravan").

Examples

  • Some of the people, who had crossed the river with us, had informed the people of Mareena of the treatment we had experienced in passing from Maniakorro to the Ba Woolima, which district is called Kissi; and withal had told the people that our coffle was a

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

  • The last prisoner in the coffle was the tailor, a gray-haired, elderly man with a wrinkled face.

    The Magic of Krynn

  • The last prisoner in the coffle was the tailor, a gray-haired, elderly man with a wrinkled face.

    The Magic of Krynn

  • Some of the people, who had crossed the river with us, had informed the people of Mareena of the treatment we had experienced in passing from Maniakorro to the Ba Woolima, which district is called Kissi; and withal had told the people that our coffle was a Dummulafong, a thing sent to be eaten, or in English _fair game_ for every body.

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

  • I came especially to honor a legendary 4-Greats grandmother, Mrs. Mary Poole, who lived to be 125 years old, and walked in a slave coffle from Virginia to Georgia, carrying two children.

    Archive 2008-10-01

  • I came especially to honor a legendary 4-Greats grandmother, Mrs. Mary Poole, who lived to be 125 years old, and walked in a slave coffle from Virginia to Georgia, carrying two children.

    Mississippi

  • Mine fastened me in a coffle with other beings: a Sphinx of that city that had committed murder, two Djinni, and a snake-headed woman.

    PodCastle » PodCastle 87: Narrative of a Beast’s Life

  • I stopped her before she got to her favoritea coffle of asses.

    The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

  • I stopped her before she got to her favoritea coffle of asses.

    The Geek Girl's Guide to Cheerleading

  • Depredations upon the coffle by the inhabitants — Continued attacks from banditti as far as the Ba Woolima river — Difficulties in passing it — temporary bridge made by the natives. —

    The Journal of a Mission to the Interior of Africa, in the Year 1805

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  • Gang of slaves tied together. (from Phrontistery)

    May 24, 2008

  • also here

    September 27, 2008