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

Chained to the desk next to them were cheap cassette tape decks. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "First encounter: Ohio Challenger 2P (and its 4KB of RAM)," 2 Sep. 2019 Later, in a highly unusual move, investigators obtained cassette tapes of therapy sessions conducted with Erik and Lyle by a Beverly Hills psychologist, L. Jerome Oziel. Steve Helling,, "30 Years After the Menendez Brothers Murders, Read PEOPLE's 1990 Cover Story," 20 Aug. 2019 The first season of Netflix’s adaptation of Jay Asher’s 2007 YA novel followed Hannah Baker (Katherine Langford), a teenager who died by suicide and left behind 13 cassette tapes explaining her decision. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "13 Reasons Why killing off Bryce Walker is actually the best move for the controversial show," 1 Aug. 2019 As was his habit with potentially sensitive interviews, Bolles recorded the interview on a cassette tape., "Don Bolles files: Were the popular Hobo Joe's coffee shops connected to the Mafia?," 30 July 2019 With My Brown Friends is available for pre-order here and will be available on CD, cassette, digital, LP, plus two limited edition vinyl. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Black Belt Eagle Scout's Summer of Pride Mix Dedicated to 'Womxn Who Tour'," 8 July 2019 The Apollo 11 crew had requested songs to bring along on the voyage, dubbed onto cassette tapes by Mickey Kapp, a record producer friendly with many astronauts. Matthew Guerrieri,, "A journey to the moon, by a master of the theremin," 3 July 2019 Prior to the new policy, there was a $.15-cent-per-day late fee for children and teen materials, including books, paperbacks, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and magazines, with a maximum fine of $2.50 for each item, according to a city statement. Lila Seidman,, "Glendale libraries close the book on late fees for children," 1 July 2019 And although the story is full of great risks and bravery, Slade and Gonzalez also make room for lighter moments, as when the astronauts listen to music from a floating cassette-tape player. Dallas News, "Books examine the courage and scientific know-how that propelled us to the moon," 1 July 2019

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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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