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lettre de cachet

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noun let·tre de ca·chet \ˈle-trə-də-ˌka-ˈshā\

Definition of lettre de cachet

plural

lettres de cachet

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



Origin and Etymology of lettre de cachet

French, literally, letter with a seal


First Known Use: 1718


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