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Dictionary Definition



1 an employee of a bank who receives and pays out money [syn: teller, bank clerk]
2 a person responsible for receiving payments for goods and services (as in a shop or restaurant)


1 discard or do away with; "cashier the literal sense of this word"
2 discharge with dishonor, as in the army

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  1. One who works at a till or receiving payments.
  2. Person in charge of the cash of a business or bank.


one who works at a till or receiving payments
person in charge of the cash of a business or bank


  1. To dismiss from service, as the military service, especially with disgrace.
    • 1968 June, 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.


to dismiss from service
  • Finnish: erottaa
  • French: caissier
  • Hebrew: קופאי (qupa'y) , קופאית (qupa'yt) - noun
  • Portuguese: caixa
  • Spanish: cajero

Extensive Definition

A cashier is a person responsible for totaling the amount due for a purchase, charging the consumer for that amount, and then collecting payment for the goods or services exchanged. In one form or another, cashiers have been around for thousands of years. In many businesses, such as grocery stores, the cashier is a "stepping stone" position. Many employers require employees to be cashiers in order to move up to customer service or other positions such as produce.
Cashiers are at risk of repetitive strain injuries due to the repeated movements often necessary to do the job, such as entering information on a keypad or moving product over a scanner.
A less-current meaning of the term referred to the employee of a business responsible for receiving and disbursing money. In a non-retail business, this would be a position of significant responsibility. With an ever-larger proportion of transactions being done using cash substitutes (such as checks, credit cards, debit cards, etc.), the amount of cash handled by such employees has declined, and this usage of the word "cashier" has been largely supplanted by the title comptroller.
In the area of retail banking in the UK, the position of cashier is the same as a bank teller.
cashier in German: Kassierer
cashier in Spanish: Cajero
cashier in French: Caissier
cashier in Hebrew: קופאי
cashier in Dutch: Caissière
cashier in Chinese: 出納員

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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