- an official seal, as on a letter or document.
- a distinguishing mark or feature; stamp: Courtesy is the cachet of good breeding.
- a sign or expression of approval, especially from a person who has a great deal of prestige.
- superior status; prestige: The job has a certain cachet.
- Pharmacology. a hollow wafer for enclosing an ill-tasting medicine.
- Philately. a firm name, slogan, or design stamped or printed on an envelope or folded letter.
Origin of cachet
Examples from the Web for cachet
Being a fan of Liquid Sky carries the cachet of degenerate hipness to this day, 32 years after it was filmed.Punks, UFOs, and Heroin: How ‘Liquid Sky’ Became a Cult Movie
June 2, 2014
“I think there was a cachet about having an African-American president because of guilt,” she said.Sorry, Michele Bachmann. We Are Ready for a Female President. And It’s Partially Because of You.
February 21, 2014
Daniel Gross on how cachet has a way of developing into a real business.
They wanted some of the cachet that came with making and selling hybrids.
Clearly, then, the way to get young Jews involved is to lure them with the cachet of the social justice movement.Tikkun Olam Is Trending
November 12, 2012
It gave him a sort of cachet to be seen staying with Kit alone at a watering-place.Mammon and Co.
E. F. Benson
The food is excellent--it has a cachet of its own; the wine more than merely good.Alone
My dear, you know you are beautiful, and you have the cachet that all the Courthornes wear.The Impostor
Raffles bestowed the cachet of his smile on my description of his motley plate.A Thief in the Night
E. W. Hornung
It has a cachet concerning which there can be no possible error.By-ways in Book-land
William Davenport Adams
- an official seal on a document, letter, etc
- a distinguishing mark; stamp
- prestige; distinction
- a hollow wafer, formerly used for enclosing an unpleasant-tasting medicine
Word Origin and History for cachet
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."
- An edible wafer capsule used for enclosing an unpleasant-tasting drug.