cachet







cachet


< /kæˈʃeɪz, ˈkæʃ eɪz; French kaˈʃɛ/.

  1. an official seal, as on a letter or document.
  2. a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp: Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding.
  3. a sign or expression of approval, especially from a person who has a great deal of prestige.
  4. superior status; prestige: The job has a certain cachet.
  5. Pharmacology. a hollow wafer for enclosing an ill-tasting medicine.
  6. Philately. a firm name, slogan, or design stamped or printed on an envelope or folded letter.

noun

  1. an official seal on a document, letter, etc
  2. a distinguishing mark; stamp
  3. prestige; distinction
  4. philately
    1. a mark stamped by hand on mail for commemorative purposes
    2. a small mark made by dealers and experts on the back of postage stampsCompare overprint (def. 3), surcharge (def. 5)
  5. a hollow wafer, formerly used for enclosing an unpleasant-tasting medicine
n.

1630s, Scottish borrowing of French cachet “seal affixed to a letter or document” (16c.), from Old French dialectal cacher “to press, crowd,” from Latin coactare “constrain” (see cache). Meaning evolving through “(letter under) personal stamp (of the king)” to “prestige.” Cf. French lettre de cachet “letter under seal of the king.”

n.

  1. An edible wafer capsule used for enclosing an unpleasant-tasting drug.

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