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lettre de cachet

noun let·tre de ca·chet \ˈle-trə-də-ˌka-ˈshā\
plural lettres de cachet \-trə(z)-\

Definition of LETTRE DE CACHET

:  a letter bearing an official seal and usually authorizing imprisonment without trial of a named person

Origin of LETTRE DE CACHET

French, literally, letter with a seal
First Known Use: 1718

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