cachet

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noun ca·chet \ka-ˈshā\

Definition of cachet

  1. 1a :  a seal used especially as a mark of official approvalb :  an indication of approval carrying great prestige The president placed his cachet on the project.

  2. 2a :  a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige regarded the possession of real estate as a cachet of respectabilityb :  prestige being rich … doesn't have the cachet it used to — Truman Capote

  3. 3 :  a medicinal preparation for swallowing consisting of a case usually of rice-flour paste enclosing a medicine

  4. 4a :  a design or inscription on an envelope to commemorate a postal or philatelic eventb :  an advertisement forming part of a postage meter impressionc :  a motto or slogan included in a postal cancellation (see cancellation 3)

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Examples of cachet in a sentence

  1. a movie director with great artistic cachet

  2. His research in Antarctica gave him a certain cachet among other scientists.

Origin and Etymology of cachet

French, from cacher


First Known Use: circa 1639

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Medical Dictionary

cachet

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noun ca·chet \ka-ˈshā\

Medical Definition of cachet

  1. :  a medicinal preparation for swallowing consisting of a case usually of rice-flour paste containing an unpleasant-tasting medicine—called also wafer, wafer capsule



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