Definition of cachet
- The president placed his cachet on the project.
- regarded the possession of real estate as a cachet of respectability
- being rich … doesn't have the cachet it used to
- —Truman Capote
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a movie director with great artistic cachet
His research in Antarctica gave him a certain cachet among other scientists.
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Two words in English that share a common French root also have important differences in pronunciation and meaning.
Cache means “a place where things are hidden,” a meaning that entered English in the 1700s. It can also mean cache memory, or “a part of a computer’s memory where information is kept so that the computer can find it very quickly.” This word is pronounced \CASH\.
Cachet has several meanings. It can mean “prestige,” “medicine prepared so that it can be swallowed,” or “an official seal,” the oldest meaning of the word in English, first used in the 1600s. It is pronounced \cash-AY\.
Both words derive from the French verb cacher (“to hide”), which is pronounced \cash-AY\. In French, cache is pronounced \CASH\—just as in English. The adjective “hidden” in French is spelled with an accent mark on the e—caché—and is pronounced \cash-AY\. The e without accent mark is silent.
First Known Use: circa 1639See Words from the same year
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