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

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 David said cassettes and their cases are typically made of polypropylene or polystyrene. John Kelly, Washington Post, "A tale of the tape that goes down to the wire: More on dispatching old cassettes," 27 Feb. 2018 Could Stepp’s company create cassette soundtracks for the Guardians of the Galaxy movies? Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Cassette Tapes Are Back, Don't You Dare Call Them Obsolete," 12 Nov. 2018 Record Shop on Van Brundt Street is full of records, cassettes and people who know all about them. New York Times, "Free (or Cheap) Things to Do in NYC This Weekend," 5 July 2018 Shaidayi heard from his friends that the Taliban had hanged musical instruments and cassettes from trees — just like men — as a warning to musicians. Maija Liuhto, Longreads, "A Music So Beautiful the Birds Fell from the Trees," 28 June 2018 Cox serviced curious, young Mobilians hard-to-find vinyl and cassettes in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Jared Boyd,, "Mobile brothers hope to return favorite teenage hangout to its former 'edgy' glory," 22 Mar. 2018 With a cassette toilet, a toilet is installed over a small, removable waste tank. Megan Barber, Curbed, "RV toilets: 5 alternatives to a full bathroom in your camper," 9 Nov. 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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