Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of various Asian coins of small denomination, especially a copper and lead coin with a square hole in its center.
  • noun Money in the form of bills or coins; currency.
  • noun Liquid assets including bank deposits and marketable securities.
  • noun Money paid in currency or by check.
  • transitive verb To exchange for or convert into ready money.
  • idiom (cash on the barrelhead) Immediate payment.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In coalmining, soft shale or bind.
  • noun A prehistoric wooden road, resembling an American plankroad, or corduroy road.
  • noun The name given by foreigners to the only coin in use among the Chinese, and called by them tsien (pronounced chen).
  • noun The name sometimes given by foreigners to a li (pronounced lē), or thousandth part of a Chinese liang or ounce.
  • noun A copper coin used for currency in Madras under the East India Company.
  • noun A coin of Pondicherry, having a value of one third of a cent.
  • noun A money of account in Sumatra, worth about 3 cents.
  • To turn into money, or to exchange for money: as, to cash a note or an order.
  • To pay money for: as, the paying teller of a bank cashes notes when presented.
  • noun Disbandment.
  • noun A receptacle for money; a money-box.
  • noun Money; primarily, ready money; money on hand or at command.
  • noun Money in hand; actual money, as distinguished from other property. Synonyms See money.
  • To discard; disband; cashier.
  • noun An abbreviation of cashier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A Chinese coin.
  • transitive verb To pay, or to receive, cash for; to exchange for money.
  • transitive verb obsolete To disband.
  • noun obsolete A place where money is kept, or where it is deposited and paid out; a money box.
  • noun Ready money; especially, coin or specie; but also applied to bank notes, drafts, bonds, or any paper easily convertible into money.
  • noun Immediate or prompt payment in current funds.
  • noun (Bookkeeping) an account of money received, disbursed, and on hand.
  • noun [Colloq.] in large retail stores, a messenger who carries the money received by the salesman from customers to a cashier, and returns the proper change.
  • noun an account with a bank by which a person or house, having given security for repayment, draws at pleasure upon the bank to the extent of an amount agreed upon; -- called also bank credit and cash account.
  • noun sales made for ready, money, in distinction from those on which credit is given; stocks sold, to be delivered on the day of transaction.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Money in the form of notes/bills and coins, as opposed to cheques/checks or electronic transactions.
  • noun informal Money.
  • noun Canada Cash register.
  • verb transitive To exchange (a check/cheque) for money in the form of notes/bills.
  • verb poker slang To obtain a payout from a tournament.
  • noun Any of several low-denomination coins of India or China, especially the Chinese copper coin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun money in the form of bills or coins
  • verb exchange for cash
  • noun prompt payment for goods or services in currency or by check
  • noun United States country music singer and songwriter (1932-2003)

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kācu, a small coin.]

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French casse, money box (from Norman French; see case) or from Italian cassa (from Latin capsa, case).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle French caisse ("money box"), from Old Provençal caissa, from Old Italian cassa, from Latin capsa ("box, case"), from capio ("I take, I seize, I receive"), from Proto-Indo-European *keh₂p- (“to grasp”).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Tamil காசு (kāsu).

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  • A kind of cow?

    April 25, 2008

  • from Sanskrit karsa, a weight of gold or silver but akin to Old Persian karsha-, a weight. a unit of value equivalent to one cash coin. Many words used for money come from weight, i.e. talent, pound, etc. Is this another case of that?

    August 30, 2009