From the French for a small case. In contemporary usage, it refers to a rectangular cartridge to hold spools of linear media such as magnetic tape.
When referred to without a qualifier, it refers to a compact cassette. However, it could also refer to various video tape formats such as VHS, BetaMax, or 8mm.

Cas`sette" (?), n. [F., prop., a casket, dim. of casse a case. See lst Case.]

Same as Seggar.

 

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