1. an employee, as in a market or department store, who collects payments for customer purchases.
  2. an executive who has charge of money, especially one who superintends monetary transactions, as in a bank.
  3. an employee of a business establishment who keeps a record of financial transactions.

verb (used with object)

  1. to dismiss (a military officer) from service, especially with disgrace.
  2. to discard; reject.


  1. a person responsible for receiving payments for goods, services, etc, as in a shop
  2. Also called: teller an employee of a bank responsible for receiving deposits, cashing cheques, and other financial transactions; bank clerk
  3. any person responsible for handling cash or maintaining records of its receipt and disbursement

verb (tr)

  1. to dismiss with dishonour, esp from the armed forces
  2. rare to put away or discard; reject

“person in charge of money,” 1590s, from Middle French caissier “treasurer,” from caisse “money box” (see cash (n.)). The immediate source of the English word might be Middle Dutch kassier.


“dismiss,” 1590s, from Middle Dutch casseren, kaseeren “to cast off, discharge,” from French casser “to discharge, annul,” from Late Latin cassare “annul,” from Latin cassus “void, empty” (see caste (n.)). Related: Cashiered; cashiering.

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