\ ˈkash How to pronounce cache (audio) \

Definition of cache

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a hiding place especially for concealing and preserving provisions or implements
b : a secure place of storage discovered a cache of weapons
2 : something hidden or stored in a cache The cache consisted of documents and private letters.
3 : a computer memory with very short access time used for storage of frequently or recently used instructions or data

called also cache memory


cached; caching

Definition of cache (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to place (something) in a cache: such as
a : to place or store (something) in a hidden or secure place for safety or concealment cache camp supplies by a lake coins cached in a teapot
b computers : to place (instructions or data) in cache memory for temporary storage caching websites to speed up future retrieval

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Cash and Cache

Cache and cash are homophones (words that are pronounced alike but have different meanings, origins, or spelling) whose likeness in sound may lead to perplexity.

Cache primarily refers to a thing that is hidden or stored somewhere, or to the place where it is hidden. It has recently taken on another common meaning, “short-term computer memory where information is stored for easy retrieval.” Cash, on the other hand, is most often used in the sense “ready money.”

If you find yourself confused by these words, remember that you can store cash in a cache, but you can't do the reverse. Be mindful, too, that if you run out of cash you won't be able to buy something, but if you're short on cache, your computer won’t work.

Examples of cache in a Sentence

Noun a weapons cache used by terrorists Police found a cache of stolen cars in the woods. Her new laptop has one megabyte of cache. Verb an eccentric who cached money in odd places, such as under the boards of the floor cached the fugitive slaves in their cellar until they could make their way to Canada
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Wanys and his brother are let in on the tribe’s secret—the cache of hidden mummies—and react with consternation. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Ancient Egypt for the Egyptians," 27 Apr. 2021 The city tweeted that a large cache of fireworks ignited at the house, setting the residence on fire. Richard Winton, Los Angeles Times, "Two bodies at Ontario fireworks explosion tentatively identified, 100 homes still evacuated," 17 Mar. 2021 Gayk was on the scene and confirmed that a cache of professional-grade fireworks exploded. CBS News, "Massive fireworks explosion kills 2 people and a dog in Southern California," 17 Mar. 2021 Among the files was a cache of letters that Edwards had written to his lover. Smithsonian Magazine, "The Case of the Autographed Corpse," 19 Nov. 2020 General Amos Fries decided to make use of this cache by selling it to private security forces and police departments across the country, while maintaining close ties to one of the tear gas manufacturers. Jennifer L. Brown, Scientific American, "Why Are Police Using a World War I–Era Chemical Weapon on Civilians?," 20 Apr. 2021 The incident happened at about 1:30 p.m. when a witness saw Marley allegedly enter the Publix grocery store's bathroom with a cache of weaponry. Mark Osborne, ABC News, "Atlanta man arrested with 6 guns, body armor at Publix grocery store," 24 Mar. 2021 Co-founder Pete Mitchell remains optimistic about the qualities of his company, which enjoys the cache of being a Cleveland staple. Marc Bona, cleveland, "Restaurant industry’s critical challenge? Hiring workers," 15 Apr. 2021 The Y Gaer Museum and the National Museum Wales hope to obtain the cache of objects for their galleries. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Trove of Treasures, From Gold Skull Ring to Tudor Coins, Unearthed in Wales," 12 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The rover will cache soil samples for eventual return to Earth by a series of retrieval missions carried out jointly by NASA and the European Space Agency. Robert Lee Hotz, WSJ, "NASA’s Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Successfully Makes Historic First Flight," 19 Apr. 2021 His followers should cache weapons, ammunition, hydrogen peroxide, kitchen matches. Dana Goodyear, The New Yorker, "A Shooter in the Hills," 8 Mar. 2021 Even more significant, Perseverance will cache the most intriguing Mars samples so that they can eventually be collected and brought back to Earth as early as 2031. Popular Science, "Mars missions, a super-powered telescope, and more exciting 2021 space events," 7 Jan. 2021 These middens are where the Mount Graham red squirrels cache their cones. Anton L. Delgado, The Arizona Republic, "Mount Graham red squirrel population grows after a wildfire devastated critical habitat," 2 Nov. 2020 Wolves also will cache parts of a kill to eat later. Star Tribune, "Wolf researcher's new book explores predators, prey on Isle Royale," 24 Oct. 2020 Perseverance has a sophisticated system to collect samples, cache them and stow them on the Martian surface. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "The long road to returning first-ever samples from Mars," 1 Aug. 2020 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football coach Ryan Day’s contract extension puts him among highest-paid coaches in the country," 25 Feb. 2020 The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Mike Cason, al, "Fake urine for drug tests would be a crime under this Alabama bill," 12 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cache.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of cache


1797, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1805, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cache

Noun and Verb

French, from cacher to press, hide, from Vulgar Latin *coacticare to press together, from Latin coactare to compel, frequentative of cogere to compel — more at cogent

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12 May 2021

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“Cache.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of cache

: a group of things that have been hidden in a secret place because they are illegal or have been stolen
technical : a part of a computer's memory where information is kept so that the computer can find it very quickly


\ ˈkash How to pronounce cache (audio) \

Kids Definition of cache

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a place for hiding, storing, or preserving treasure or supplies The hole in the wall is my cache.
2 : something hidden or stored in a cache a cache of money


cached; caching

Kids Definition of cache (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put or store so as to be safe or hidden : place in a cache The coins were cached in a teapot.

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