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  1. a hiding place, especially one in the ground, for ammunition, food, treasures, etc.: She hid her jewelry in a little cache in the cellar.
  2. anything so hidden: The enemy never found our cache of food.
  3. Computers. a temporary storage space or memory that allows fast access to data: Web browser cache; CPU cache.
  4. Alaska and Northern Canada. a small shed elevated on poles above the reach of animals and used for storing food, equipment, etc.
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verb (used with object), cached, cach·ing.
  1. to put in a cache; conceal; hide.
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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 confusedcache cachet cash

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Related Words for cache

hideout, wealth, repository, treasure, stash, stockpile, hoard, storehouse, plant, drop, assets, stake, kitty, fund, shade, treasury, supplies, accumulation, store, reserve

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Contemporary Examples of cache

Historical Examples of cache

  • 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


  1. a hidden store of provisions, weapons, treasure, etc
  2. the place where such a store is hidden
  3. computing a small high-speed memory that improves computer performance
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  1. (tr) to store in a cache
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Word Origin for cache

C19: from French, from cacher to hide
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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."

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cache in Science


  1. An area of computer memory devoted to the high-speed retrieval of frequently used or requested data.
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