cash register


a business machine that indicates to customers the amounts of individual sales, has a money drawer from which to make change, records and totals receipts, and may automatically calculate the change due.

Origin of cash register

An Americanism dating back to 1875–80
Also called sales register. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cash register

register, till, cashbox

Examples from the Web for cash register

Historical Examples of cash register

  • She should get away from her seat at that cash-register, and return to the open air.

  • She struggled to her feet and started for the cash-register.

  • Hurstwood listened to the cash-register ring, and watched the trade for a while.

    Sister Carrie

    Theodore Dreiser

  • Much silver goeth by the till the cash-register knoweth not of.

    The Complete Cynic

    Oliver Herford

  • Henceforward he must count his success upon a cash-register.


    Henry Sydnor Harrison

British Dictionary definitions for cash register

cash register


a till with a keyboard that operates a mechanism for displaying and adding the amounts of cash received in individual sales
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