cas·​sette | \ kə-ˈset , 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.

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Then again, high audio standards have never been the point of cassettes. Paul Schrodt, WSJ, "A New Way to Blast Your Old Mixtapes," 18 Dec. 2018 There’s a distinctly lo-fi aesthetic to the game, which crackles with the static of an old VHS tape and opens in an eerie kitchen where a cassette tape player sits, waiting. Verge Staff, The Verge, "Smart scares for smart people," 31 Oct. 2018 That's when the time capsule's contents — including fan letters, a cassette recording of the Market Square Arena concert, a book of Elvis tour photos and a catalog promoting Graceland — is scheduled to be opened. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "You can now find Elvis Presley final-concert plaque amid shiny new spots on Market Street," 26 June 2018 The same blue Hannah used to number her cassette tapes? Victoria Rodriguez, Seventeen, "This "13 Reasons Why" Season 2 Easter Egg Might Be Connected to Hannah's Tapes," 30 May 2018 So the screws were removed and, inch by inch, the tape was dried and wiped clean, rolled back into the cassette, and the security screws put back. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Saving Aberdeen history after museum fire, one photo and VHS tape at a time," 16 July 2018 Adult Swim and Sub Pop are releasing the Rick and Morty soundtrack this fall in vinyl, cassette, CD, and digital formats. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "'Rick and Morty' Soundtrack to Be Released," 12 July 2018 With her Walkman cassette player and a Boston tape, Calico was heading out from her family’s house in Rio Communities, New Mexico, on her regular bicycle ride of roughly 35 miles. Adam Carlson,, "New Leads in Teen's Cold-Case Disappearance While Biking: Why Answers May Be Hiding in Her Community," 22 June 2018 In addition to TVs and medical equipment, the tentative list in April included bakery ovens, power generators, cassette players, electric motors and video cameras. Joe Mcdonald,, "TVs, robots, soybeans on front lines of U.S.-China trade spat," 15 June 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 \

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-​ \

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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