cas·​sette | \ kə-ˈset How to pronounce cassette (audio) , ka-\
variants: or less commonly casette

Definition of cassette

2 : a usually flat case or cartridge that can be easily loaded or unloaded: such as
a : a lightproof magazine for holding film or plates for use in a camera
b : a plastic cartridge containing magnetic tape with the tape passing from one reel to another
3 : a cassette tape player

Examples of cassette in a Sentence

The songs are available on cassette.

Recent Examples on the Web

Bolles had a habit of recording calls on cassette tape. Richard Ruelas,, "Lost to Time From the Don Bolles files: Murder and the drug ring's pot plane," 9 July 2019 The Apollo 11 crew had requested songs to bring along on the voyage, dubbed onto cassette tapes by Mickey Kapp, a record producer friendly with many astronauts. Matthew Guerrieri,, "A journey to the moon, by a master of the theremin," 3 July 2019 Innovations like the 1981 Walkman II -- barely bigger than a cassette tape -- and the 1984 Discman helped Sony stay on top of the portable music world. Cnn Staff, CNN, "Happy 40th birthday, Walkman," 1 July 2019 And although the story is full of great risks and bravery, Slade and Gonzalez also make room for lighter moments, as when the astronauts listen to music from a floating cassette-tape player. Dallas News, "Books examine the courage and scientific know-how that propelled us to the moon," 1 July 2019 The audiobook—though a medium that has long existed digitally, as well as in CD- and cassette tape–form—arguably has not necessarily caught on with readers in the same way. Rachel King, Fortune, "Chef Marcus Samuelsson Wants to Redefine Cookbooks Through Audiobooks," 29 June 2019 The clean apartment soon filled with notebooks, newspapers, cassette tapes, CDs, and our other research material. Michael Gonzales, Longreads, "It’s Like That: The Makings of a Hip-Hop Writer," 10 June 2019 Before iTunes, the music industry preferred physical CDs, cassette tapes, and vinyl records. Shannon Liao, CNN, "How iTunes changed music," 4 June 2019 When it was introduced, the CD was marketed as a durable, sturdy replacement for what the music business characterized as warp-prone long-playing albums and unstable cassettes. Randall Roberts,, "The compact disc era may finally be entering its hospice stage," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cassette

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cassette

French, from Middle French, diminutive of dialect French (Norman & Picard) casse case

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English Language Learners Definition of cassette

: a thin case that holds audio tape or videotape and in which the tape passes from one reel to another when being played


cas·​sette | \ kə-ˈset How to pronounce cassette (audio) \

Kids Definition of cassette

1 : a container that holds audiotape or videotape and in which the tape passes from one reel to another when being played
2 : a container holding photographic film or plates that can be easily loaded into a camera


variants: also casette \ kə-​ˈset, ka-​ How to pronounce casette (audio) \

Medical Definition of cassette

1 : a lightproof magazine for holding film or plates for use in a camera specifically : one for holding the intensifying screens and film in X-ray photography
2 : a small plastic cartridge containing magnetic tape with the tape on one reel passing to the other

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