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cash1 (kæʃ)
 
n
1.  banknotes and coins, esp in hand or readily available; money or ready money
2.  immediate payment, in full or part, for goods or services (esp in the phrase cash down)
3.  (modifier) of, for, or paid by cash: a cash transaction
4.  (Canadian) the cash a checkout counter
 
vb
5.  (tr) to obtain or pay ready money for: to cash a cheque
 
[C16: from Old Italian cassa money box, from Latin capsacase²]
 
'cashable1
 
adj

cash2 (kæʃ)
 
n , pl cash
any of various Chinese, Indonesian, or Indian coins of low value
 
[C16: from Portuguese caixa, from Tamil kāsu, from Sanskrit karsa weight of gold or silver]

Cash (kæʃ)
 
n
Johnny. 1932--2003, US country-and-western singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings include the hits "I Walk the Line" (1956), "Ring of Fire" (1963), "A Boy named Sue" (1969), and the American Recordings series of albums (1994--2003)

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Word Origin & History

cash
1593, from M.Fr. caisse "money box," from Prov. caissa, It. cassa, from L. capsa "box" (see case (2)); originally the money box, but the secondary sense of the money in it became sole meaning 18c. Verb meaning "to convert to cash" (as a check, etc.) is first attested 1811.
Like most financial terms in Eng., ultimately from It. (cf. bankrupt, etc.). Not related to (but influencing the form of) the colonial British cash "Indian monetary system, Chinese coin, etc.," which is from Tamil kasu, Skt. karsha, Sinhalese kasi. Cash crop is attested from 1869; cash flow from 1954.
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