- a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
- the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.
- to place or store in a cask.
Origin of cask
Examples from the Web for cask
A bottle of The Glenlivet, aged in the cask longer than Poppet and Buster put together.The Ridiculousness of Father's Day
P. J. O’Rourke
June 15, 2014
"If your cask is leer, I warrant your purse is full, gaffer," shouted Hordle John.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When cool, put it into a cask, and set it in a cool cellar till spring.
Stop the cask closely, and in six months the wine will be fit to bottle.
Then pour it into the cask, and in a few days it will be fine and clear.
Smashed by a cask of sugar, and six poor children—oh dear, dear, dear!'The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
- a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drinka wine cask
- any barrel
- the quantity contained in a cask
- Australian a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
- engineering another name for flask (def. 6)
Word Origin and History for cask
mid-15c., from Middle French casque "cask; helmet," from Spanish casco "skull, cask, helmet," originally "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from Vulgar Latin *quassicare, frequentative of Latin quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.