- a container made and shaped like a barrel, especially one larger and stronger, for holding liquids.
- the quantity such a container holds: wine at 32 guineas a cask.
verb (used with object)
- to place or store in a cask.
- a strong wooden barrel used mainly to hold alcoholic drinka wine cask
- any barrel
- the quantity contained in a cask
- Australian a lightweight cardboard container with plastic lining and a small tap, used to hold and serve wine
- engineering another name for flask (def. 6)
mid-15c., from Middle French casque “cask; helmet,” from Spanish casco “skull, cask, helmet,” originally “potsherd,” from cascar “to break up,” from Vulgar Latin *quassicare, frequentative of Latin quassare “to shake, shatter” (see quash). The sense evolution is unclear.