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Etymology 1[edit]

From Dutch casseren, kasseren, from Old French casser (to break (up)). During a ceremonial cashiering of a ranking military officer, the breakup was often symbolized dramatically by literally breaking the officer’s sword.



cashier (third-person singular simple present cashiers, present participle cashiering, simple past and past participle cashiered)

  1. (transitive, now rare) To dismiss (someone, especially military personnel) from service.
    • 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 34, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes [], book II, London: [] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount [], OCLC 946730821:
      His ninth Legion having mutined neere unto Placentia, he presently cassiered the same with great ignominie unto it [].
    • 1968, Revilo P. Oliver, “What We Owe Our Parasites” (speech):
      They found an Army officer who had been a military failure until Bernard Baruch promoted him to General, and who in 1945 should have been able to hope for nothing better than that he could escape a court martial and thus avoid being cashiered, if he could prove that all the atrocities and all the sabotage of American interests of which he had been guilty in Europe had been carried out over his protest and under categorical orders from the President.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p.510:
      The Directory had been deregulating the economy since Thermidor; but it had not cashiered the police spies on which the Terror had depended, and these allowed the government to keep abreast of the threat.
    • 2012, Jonathan Keates, ‘Mon Père, ce héros’, Literary Review, 402:
      Inevitably his appeals for financial assistance were ignored and, though not cashiered from the army, he was pointedly cold-shouldered by his brother officers.
  2. (transitive) To discard, put away.
  3. (transitive) To annul.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Dutch cassier or French caissier, from French caisse.



cashier (plural cashiers)

  1. One who works at a till or receives payments.
  2. Person in charge of the cash of a business or bank.
  • saraf (early modern Middle East & India), shroff (India, SE & East Asia, esp. in parking lots)
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