ca·​chet | \ ka-ˈshā How to pronounce cachet (audio) \

Definition of cachet

1a : 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.
2a : 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
4a : 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 sense 3)

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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.

Examples of cachet in a Sentence

a movie director with great artistic cachet His research in Antarctica gave him a certain cachet among other scientists.

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Britain has long been a destination of choice for foreign students, thanks to tuition in English and the cachet of its institutions. The Economist, "Britain signals an about-turn on immigration," 12 Sep. 2019 And that, in turn, has bolstered the cachet of the area, bringing with it luxury services and retailers that some of those new denizens desire. Tom Metcalf,, "Ken Griffin, Illinois’ richest person, adds a $99 million Florida beach house to his property empire," 9 Sep. 2019 The physical high and social cachet that come with Juuling are too alluring. Jill Tucker,, "Bay Area parents, teachers mobilize against teen vaping: ‘We have quite a fight ahead of us’," 7 Sep. 2019 Plus, the cachet of Apple often leads to labels and performers making material exclusive to Apple. Los Angeles Times, "Commentary: Classical streaming has arrived. How do the new services stack up?," 29 Aug. 2019 The scene illustrates just how much Robin has nudged Steve to mature, setting aside his shallowness to realize that social cachet is worth less than genuine connection. Michelle Delgado, The Atlantic, "What the Starcourt Mall Means to the World of Stranger Things," 17 July 2019 Though USA Roller Sports had a longer history as a governing body, USA Skateboarding carried the cachet of pro skateboarders. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Member of New Skateboarding Governing Body Suspended for Alleged Misconduct," 24 Oct. 2018 Back east in Philadelphia, five-month-old Deacon has that same drop-on-in vibe as the Surfrider, but with urban cachet, located inside a turn-of-the-20th-century church flipped into an eight-room hotel. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Hotels in the U.S. Are Better Than Ever," 23 Aug. 2019 The gorgeous design, and the cachet of Apple and Goldman, will surely seduce many customers into trying the card. The Economist, "Apple and Goldman Sachs launch their credit card," 22 Aug. 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'cachet.' 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 cachet

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for cachet

French, from cacher

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ca·​chet | \ ka-ˈshā How to pronounce cachet (audio) \

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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