[ka-sees; French ka-sees]


(italics) French.
  1. a black currant.
  2. a brandy distilled from black currants.

Origin of cassis

From French Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cassis

Historical Examples of cassis

  • I never so much as looked on them as men—not in that way, for a Cassis woman, m'sieu.

    "Fin Tireur"

    Robert Hichens

  • There'd been claims of revolt on Cassis, but he hadn't been suspicious then.

    Talents, Incorporated

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • These shell-cameos are made from the genus Cassis, the helmet shells.

  • This genus is distinguished from Cassis by the outer lip, which is not reflected.

    A Conchological Manual

    George Brettingham Sowerby

  • Strange to say nobody has ever started a cassis still on this side.

    Cakes & Ale

    Edward Spencer

British Dictionary definitions for cassis



a blackcurrant cordial

Word Origin for cassis

C19: from French
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cassis

black currant liquor, 1907, from French cassis (16c.) "black currant," apparently from Latin cassia (see cassia). The modern liqueur dates from mid-19c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper