cash

Definitions

Accounting

  • noun money in the form of coins or notes

Economics

  • noun money in coins or notes. Cash in circulation is part of the money supply.
  • verb to convert something such as a cheque into money in coins or notes

Food

  • abbreviation
    (written as CASH)
    Consensus Action on Salt and Health
  • acronym forConsensus Action on Salt and Health
    (written as CASH)
  • noun a body that lobbies for the reduction of salt levels in processed foods.

Forex

  • (written as Cash)
    A class of highly liquid financial assets including physical currency on hand, funds stored in bank accounts, and transfer documents such as checks or money orders. Cash typically does not include sources of capital that require financing, such as loans or available lines of credit.

Travel

  • noun the act of using money in coins or notes

Origin & History of “cash”

Cash originally meant ‘money-box’. English acquired it via French casse or Italian cassa from Latin capsa ‘box’ (source of English case). It was not until the mid 18th century that this underlying sense died out, leaving the secondary ‘money’ (which had already developed before the word entered English). Cashier ‘person in charge of money’ (16th c.) is a derivative, coming from French caissier or perhaps from Dutch cassier, but the verb cashier ‘dismiss’ (16th c.) is completely unrelated. It comes from Dutch casseren, a borrowing from Old French casser ‘discharge, annul’. This in turn goes back to Latin quassāre ‘break up’, source of English quash.
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