from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Abrogation or annulment by a higher authority.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The abrogation of a law by a higher authority; annulment.
- n. piece of instrumental music of the eighteenth century similar to the serenade, and often performed out of doors
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of annulling.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of annulling, reversing, or canceling; annulment.
- n. In music, during the eighteenth century, a song or an instrumental piece similar to the serenade, intended for performance in the open air.
Middle English cassatioun, from Old French cassation, from Late Latin cassātiō, cassātiōn-, from cassātus, past participle of cassāre, to annul; see quash1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cassation, from Latin casso ("destroy, annul") (Wiktionary)