ca·​chet ka-ˈshā How to pronounce cachet (audio)
: a seal used especially as a mark of official approval
: an indication of approval carrying great prestige
The president placed his cachet on the project.
: a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige
regarded the possession of real estate as a cachet of respectability
: prestige
being rich … doesn't have the cachet it used toTruman Capote
: a medicinal preparation for swallowing consisting of a case usually of rice-flour paste enclosing a medicine
: a design or inscription on an envelope to commemorate a postal or philatelic event
: an advertisement forming part of a postage meter impression
: a motto or slogan included in a postal cancellation (see cancellation sense 3)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between cache and cachet?

Although the two words come from the same root (the French cacher, meaning "to press, hide"), cache and cachet have different meanings. Cache primarily refers to a thing that is hidden or stored somewhere, or to the place where it is hidden. It has recently taken on another common meaning, "short-term computer memory where information is stored for easy retrieval." Cachet usually means "prestige" or "a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige."

What is the difference between cachet and prestige?

Several of the senses of cachet are similar, or synonymous with prestige; among its definitions are "a characteristic feature or quality conferring prestige," "an indication of approval carrying great prestige," and "prestige." However, cachet does have additional meanings which share little of their meaning with prestige, including "a medicinal preparation for swallowing," and "a seal used especially as a mark of official approval."

How do you pronounce cachet?

Cache and cash are pronounced the same, but cachet is pronounced \cash-AY. Cachet and cache share the same origin, the French cacher "to press, hide"; cash, however, comes from a different root, the Latin word for "chest" (capsa).

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.
Recent Examples on the Web From 1966 to 1969 my father worked for the band, in the capacity of a tour promoter; that these were their years of lesser popularity, as rock got heavy and dour and jammy, meant that this relationship gave me no cachet among my peers. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 But the future of Soho House’s finances and cultural cachet may rest on wooing more members like Christina Blacken, a Black 36-year-old entrepreneur who worked in media before founding a DEI and leadership consultancy called The New Quo. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 2 May 2024 Still, states have offered massive subsidies to lure data centers — both for their enormous up-front capital investment and the cachet of bringing in big tech names such as Apple and Facebook. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 2 May 2024 In place of showcasing a unique proficiency in post-bebop language, these globally minded artists arrive by making albums of sonic and conceptual insight for labels of cultural cachet. Evan Haga, SPIN, 11 Apr. 2024 See all Example Sentences for cachet 

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Word History


borrowed from French, "small seal with a coat of arms and initials engraved or in relief used to seal documents, a document so sealed, mark of approval, distinctive character," going back to Middle French, from cacher "to press" + -et -et entry 1 (here as a suffix of instrument) — more at cache entry 1

Note: See note at cache entry 1.

First Known Use

circa 1639, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cachet was circa 1639


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Cite this Entry

“Cachet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


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