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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Over time, many other antiquated auto features have been ruthlessly abandoned—hand-crank starters and windows, carburetors and cassette decks. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "Roseanne Barr and the new political correctness," 29 May 2018 Somebody passed along a cassette of a singer named T-Baby Green. Andrew Dansby, Houston Chronicle, "Empress of Gulf Coast Soul Barbara Lynn receives NEA honor," 20 June 2018 Boom Box Marching Band Parade Fullerton, California This community celebration pays homage to the days when bringing your own music often meant carrying a cassette-playing boom box. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "Where to celebrate ‘Make Music Day’ across the USA," 15 June 2018 In one hand dad would have his sunglasses, and in the other his cassette tapes. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Save the Great American Family Road Trip," 28 June 2018 Nearby is Recycled Records, with a music-savvy staff overseeing an assortment of vinyl, cassettes and CDs. Natasha Bourlin,, "Increasingly hip Midtown Reno has a glow that’s not from neon," 29 June 2018 In the pre-streaming days of 1996, annual CD album sales in the U.S. topped 448 million, while vinyl album and cassette tapes accounted for about 330 million more sales. George Varga,, "Vans Warped Tour, now in its 24th and final year, will bid farewell with a sustained roar," 21 June 2018 By the '80s and '90s, 45s had largely given way to cassette and CD singles. Gary Trust, Billboard, "In 1998, 'Iris,' 'Torn,' & Other Radio Smashes Hit the Hot 100 at Last After a Key Rule Change," 30 May 2018 That’s too far, go back) and take it upstairs. Walk past about 10 glass storefronts, including a cool bookshop called 2 Bridges Music Arts that also sells cassette tapes, past the door labeled Philosophical Investigation Agency. Katherine Bernard, New York Times, "I’m About to Reveal a Secret Spot. Sorry Not Sorry.," 23 May 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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