cachet

[ ka-shey, kash-ey; French ka-she ]
/ kæˈʃeɪ, ˈkæʃ eɪ; French kaˈʃɛ /

noun, plural ca·chets [ka-sheyz, kash-eyz; French ka-she]. /kæˈʃeɪz, ˈkæʃ eɪz; French kaˈʃɛ/.

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.

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Origin of cachet

1630–40; <French: literally, something compressed to a small size, equivalent to cachecache + -et-et

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cachet

cache, cachet , cash
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British Dictionary definitions for cachet

cachet
/ (ˈkæʃeɪ) /

noun

an official seal on a document, letter, etc
a distinguishing mark; stamp
prestige; distinction
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)
a hollow wafer, formerly used for enclosing an unpleasant-tasting medicine

Word Origin for cachet

C17: from Old French, from cacher to hide
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Medical definitions for cachet

cachet
[ kă-shā ]

n.

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