lettre de cachet

noun
let·​tre de ca·​chet | \ ˈle-trə-də-ˌka-ˈshā How to pronounce lettre de cachet (audio) \
plural lettres de cachet\ ˈle-​trə(z)-​də-​ˌka-​ˈshā How to pronounce lettre de cachet (audio) \

Definition of lettre de cachet

: a letter bearing an official seal and usually authorizing imprisonment without trial of a named person

Examples of lettre de cachet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sade would remain imprisoned until the Revolution abolished the lettre de cachet in 1790. Mitchell Abidor, The New York Review of Books, 12 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of lettre de cachet

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lettre de cachet

French, literally, letter with a seal

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“Lettre de cachet.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lettre%20de%20cachet. Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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