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[kash] /kæʃ/
a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.:
She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar.
anything so hidden:
The enemy never found our cache of food.
Computers. a temporary storage space or memory that allows fast access to data: Web browser cache;
CPU cache.
Alaska and Northern Canada. a small shed elevated on poles above the reach of animals and used for storing food, equipment, etc.
verb (used with object), cached, caching.
to put in a cache; conceal; hide.
Origin of cache
1585-95; < French, noun derivative of cacher to hide < Vulgar Latin *coācticāre to stow away, orig. to pack together, equivalent to Latin coāct(us) collected (past participle of cōgere; see coactive1) + -icā- formative v. suffix + -re infinitive ending
Can be confused
cache, cachet, cash.
2. hoard, stockpile, reserve, store. 5. secrete. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • We opened the cache and changed our very travel-stained garments.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • Visual concealment is unnecessary, because in the North Country a cache is sacred.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • In the meantime our present work must be to endeavor to locate their cache.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • He must get to the cache with the liquor, and trust to the luck of the reckless to get away.

    The Law-Breakers Ridgwell Cullum
  • It is the cache of ammunition with which to save the peon and Indian slave,––you know that!

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
British Dictionary definitions for cache


a hidden store of provisions, weapons, treasure, etc
the place where such a store is hidden
(computing) a small high-speed memory that improves computer performance
(transitive) to store in a cache
Word Origin
C19: from French, from cacher to hide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for cache

1797, "hiding place," from French Canadian trappers' slang, "hiding place for stores" (1660s), a back-formation from French cacher "to hide, conceal" (13c., Old French cachier), from Vulgar Latin *coacticare "store up, collect, compress," frequentative of Latin coactare "constrain," from coactus, past participle of cogere "to collect" (see cogent). Sense extended by 1830s to "anything stored in a hiding place."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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cache in Science
An area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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