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 The single was released as a cassette single in 1982, the first-ever of its kind. Rosy Cordero,, "Watch The Go-Go's rise to the top of the charts in trailer for Showtime documentary," 1 July 2020 Think ‘70s racing stripes, tessellating cassette tapes in place of wallpaper and a color scheme that intentionally or unintentionally coordinates with a line of Bianco tomato cans that flanks the room. Dominic Armato, The Arizona Republic, "Pizza doesn't have to be fancy to be good. This new metro Phoenix restaurant proves it," 27 June 2020 For a storage medium, engineers decided to store the maps on cassette tapes with polycarbonate shells. Larry Printz, Ars Technica, "The long, winding, technological road to GPS in every car," 24 June 2020 McDermott and his son Mason said the suspect put hand sanitizer over a cassette tape, pulled out the film, then lit it on fire on the store counter. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Seattle police responding cautiously to 911 calls around police-free CHOP," 16 June 2020 Instead of getting rid of stuff, Judd was a collector, a hoarder of space as well as Navajo blankets, cassette tapes of bagpipe music, and the work of other artists. Kyle Chayka, The New Republic, "The Minimized Life," 15 May 2020 April 27, 2020 My Iraqi dad would drop me at school while playing a cassette tape of Quran suras, part of a collection his brother sent from Baghdad. Los Angeles Times, "‘Never Have I Ever’ is the L.A. immigrant tale I never thought I’d see on TV: My own," 6 May 2020 Gen Xers will smile at the sight of VHS tapes on a shelf, and checks dropped off in cassette-tape cases. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite place to eat right now," 22 Jan. 2020 The clue package showed cassette tapes, a trolley, an anchor and a Rubik's cube. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'The Masked Singer' recap: Elephant, revealed to be Tony Hawk, is stomped out of competition," 20 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of cassette was in 1793

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14 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Cassette.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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How to pronounce cassette (audio)

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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