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[ka-sheer] /kæˈʃɪər/
verb (used with object)
to dismiss (a military officer) from service, especially with disgrace.
to discard; reject.
Origin of cashier2
1570-80; < Middle Dutch kasseren < Middle French casser to break, discharge, annul < Latin quassāre to shatter; see quash Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for cashiered
Historical Examples
  • Had he been the son of a commoner, he would, most probably, have been court-martialled and cashiered for the very first offence.

  • If they were unlucky, they might be cashiered for losing the ship.

    The Dew of Their Youth S. R. Crockett
  • I didn't know that Foley had a daughter; I heard he'd been cashiered.

    The Three Sapphires W. A. Fraser
  • He has been cashiered,—lost his place and his good name forever.

    Following the Flag Charles Carleton Coffin
  • But, what would Sir Arthur Deane think of his daughter's marriage to a discredited and cashiered officer?

  • He was cashiered from the army, they would have nothing whatever to do with him.

    Wild Heather L. T. Meade
  • You are a brave soldier of the King, and my father has been cashiered, because of a crime, from the King's Army.

    Wild Heather L. T. Meade
  • Why, you know as well as I do that he's cashiered from the army.

    Wild Heather L. T. Meade
  • She told me that you had been court-martialled and cashiered from the Army—for cowardice.

    The Hermit of Far End Margaret Pedler
  • They were tried by court-martial and cashiered on July twenty-first, 1862.

British Dictionary definitions for cashiered


a person responsible for receiving payments for goods, services, etc, as in a shop
Also called teller. an employee of a bank responsible for receiving deposits, cashing cheques, and other financial transactions; bank clerk
any person responsible for handling cash or maintaining records of its receipt and disbursement
Word Origin
C16: from Dutch cassier or French caissier, from casse money chest; see case²


verb (transitive)
to dismiss with dishonour, esp from the armed forces
(rare) to put away or discard; reject
Word Origin
C16: from Middle Dutch kasseren, from Old French casser, from Latin quassāre to quash
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Word Origin and History for cashiered



"person in charge of money," 1590s, from Middle French caissier "treasurer," from caisse "money box" (see cash (n.)). The immediate source of the English word might be Middle Dutch kassier.


"dismiss," 1590s, from Middle Dutch casseren, kaseeren "to cast off, discharge," from French casser "to discharge, annul," from Late Latin cassare "annul," from Latin cassus "void, empty" (see caste (n.)). Related: Cashiered; cashiering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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