[kask, kahsk]


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.

verb (used with object)

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
Related formscask·like, adjectiveun·cask, verb (used with object)un·casked, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for cask

keg, hogshead, pipe, butt, barrel, vat, firkin, tun

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British Dictionary definitions for cask



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 for cask

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

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