cassette

[ kuh-set, ka- ]
/ kəˈsɛt, kæ- /

noun

Also called cassette tape. a compact case containing a length of magnetic tape that runs between two small reels: used for recording or playback of audio or video in a tape recorder, cassette deck, video camera, or VCR, and for storage of data by some small computer systems.See also audiocassette, videocassette.
Photography. a lightproof metal or plastic container for a roll of film, having a single spool for supplying and rewinding the film.
a replaceable or refillable cartridge in a typewriter or printer that contains the ribbon or ink.
a case or tray in a printer or copier that holds the paper.

Nearby words

  1. cassel brown,
  2. cassel yellow,
  3. casselberry,
  4. cassena,
  5. casserole,
  6. cassette deck,
  7. cassette memory,
  8. cassia,
  9. cassia-bark tree,
  10. cassie

Origin of cassette

1955–60; < French, equivalent to casse “box” (see case2) + -ette -ette

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British Dictionary definitions for cassette-tape

cassette

/ (kæˈsɛt) /

noun

  1. a plastic container for magnetic tape, as one inserted into a tape deck
  2. (as modifier)a cassette recorder
photog another term for cartridge (def. 5)
films a container for film used to facilitate the loading of a camera or projector, esp when the film is used in the form of a loop
the injection of genes from one species into the fertilized egg of another species

Word Origin for cassette

C18: from French: little box; see case ²

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Word Origin and History for cassette-tape

cassette

n.

1793, "little box," from French cassette, from Middle French casset, diminutive of Old North French casse "box" (see case (n.2)). Meaning "magnetic tape recorder cartridge" is from 1960.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper