verb (used with object)

to dismiss (a military officer) from service, especially with disgrace.
to discard; reject.

Origin of cashier

1570–80; < Middle Dutch kasseren < Middle French casser to break, discharge, annul < Latin quassāre to shatter; see quash Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cashiered

Historical Examples of cashiered

  • For so misrepresenting their country they ought to be cashiered.

    The Arena


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

  • He has been cashiered,—lost his place and his good name forever.

    Following the Flag

    Charles Carleton Coffin

  • They will have to be cashiered, or starved out by cutting off the supplies.

    Flowers of Freethought

    George W. Foote

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

    Wild Heather

    L. T. Meade

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 for cashier

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



verb (tr)

to dismiss with dishonour, esp from the armed forces
rare to put away or discard; reject

Word Origin for cashier

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.

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