lettre de cachet

noun let·tre de ca·chet \ˈle-trə-də-ˌka-ˈshā\

Definition of lettre de cachet


lettres de cachet

play \ˈle-trə(z)-də-ˌka-ˈshā\
  1. :  a letter bearing an official seal and usually authorizing imprisonment without trial of a named person

Origin and Etymology of lettre de cachet

French, literally, letter with a seal

First Known Use: 1715

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