[ kask, kahsk ]
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  1. a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.

  2. the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.

verb (used with object)
  1. to place or store in a cask.

Origin of cask

1425–75; late Middle English; back formation from casket, the -et being taken as the diminutive suffix

Other words from cask

  • casklike, adjective
  • un·cask, verb (used with object)
  • un·casked, adjective

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How to use cask in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cask


/ (kɑːsk) /

  1. a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drink: a wine cask

  2. any barrel

  1. the quantity contained in a cask

  2. Australian a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine

  3. engineering another name for flask (def. 6)

Origin of cask

C15: from Spanish casco helmet, perhaps from cascar to break

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