lettre de cachet

[ le-truhduhka-she ]

noun,plural let·tres de ca·chet [le-truhduhka-she]. /lɛ trədə kaˈʃɛ/. French.
  1. a letter under the seal of the sovereign, especially one ordering imprisonment, frequently without trial.

Words Nearby lettre de cachet

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use lettre de cachet in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for lettre de cachet

lettre de cachet

/ French (lɛtrə də kaʃɛ) /

nounplural lettres de cachet (lɛtrə də kaʃɛ)
  1. French history a letter under the sovereign's seal, often authorizing imprisonment without trial

Origin of lettre de cachet

literally: letter with a seal

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