Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) a cylindrical container that holds liquids
  2. (noun, quantity) the quantity a cask will hold

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Synonyms of Cask

barrel, caskful

Alternate forms of Cask

Hyponyms: beer barrel, beer keg, butt, hogshead, keg, pickle barrel, shook, tun, wine barrel, wine cask

Hypernyms: containerful, vessel

Origin of the word Cask

  1. 1458, from M.Fr. casque "cask, helmet," from Sp. casco "skull, cask, helmet," orig. "potsherd," from cascar "to break up," from V.L. *quassicare, freq. of L. quassare "to shake, shatter" (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear. more

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