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cashier1

[ka-sheer]
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noun
  1. an employee, as in a market or department store, who collects payments for customer purchases.
  2. an executive who has charge of money, especially one who superintends monetary transactions, as in a bank.
  3. an employee of a business establishment who keeps a record of financial transactions.
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Origin of cashier1

1570–80; < Middle French caissier custodian of a money-box (perhaps via D), equivalent to caisse money-box (< Provençal caissa < Latin capsa; see case2) + -ier -ier2

cashier2

[ka-sheer]
verb (used with object)
  1. to dismiss (a military officer) from service, especially with disgrace.
  2. to discard; reject.
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Origin of cashier2

1570–80; < Middle Dutch kasseren < Middle French casser to break, discharge, annul < Latin quassāre to shatter; see quash
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  • Robin had gone back to his own town; he was cashier in a big bank there.

  • Crane drove back to the village and went at once to the cashier, Mr. Lane's house.

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  • Why did not the cashier come, now that he was ready for him?

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  • Only the cashier and Alan Porter knew that it was in the vault.

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  • The cashier had always considered his employer a hard man, and, in truth, who hadn't?

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British Dictionary definitions for cashier

cashier1

noun
  1. a person responsible for receiving payments for goods, services, etc, as in a shop
  2. Also called: teller an employee of a bank responsible for receiving deposits, cashing cheques, and other financial transactions; bank clerk
  3. any person responsible for handling cash or maintaining records of its receipt and disbursement
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Word Origin

C16: from Dutch cassier or French caissier, from casse money chest; see case ²

cashier2

verb (tr)
  1. to dismiss with dishonour, esp from the armed forces
  2. rare to put away or discard; reject
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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 cashier

n.

"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.

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v.

"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.

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