cassette

noun

cas·​sette kə-ˈset How to pronounce cassette (audio)
ka-
variants or less commonly casette
1
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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1793, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cassette was in 1793

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Cite this Entry

“Cassette.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cassette. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

cassette

noun
cas·​sette kə-ˈset How to pronounce cassette (audio)
ka-
: a container holding film, photographic plates, or magnetic tape

Medical Definition

cassette

noun
cas·​sette
variants also casette
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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