cachet

noun ca·chet \ ka-ˈshā \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018
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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How do you pronounce cachet?

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 ecaché—and is pronounced \cash-AY\. The e without accent mark is silent.

Origin and Etymology of cachet

French, from cacher

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Medical Dictionary

cachet

noun ca·chet \ ka-ˈshā \
: 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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