cachet

noun ca·chet \ ka-ˈshā \

Definition of cachet

1 a :a seal used especially as a mark of official approval
b :an indication of approval carrying great prestige
  • The president placed his cachet on the project.
2 a :a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige
  • regarded the possession of real estate as a cachet of respectability
b :prestige
  • being rich … doesn't have the cachet it used to
  • —Truman Capote
3 :a medicinal preparation for swallowing consisting of a case usually of rice-flour paste enclosing a medicine
4 a :a design or inscription on an envelope to commemorate a postal or philatelic event
b :an advertisement forming part of a postage meter impression
c :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.

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Origin and Etymology of cachet

French, from cacher

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Medical Dictionary

cachet

noun ca·chet \ ka-ˈshā \

medical Definition of cachet

: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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