lettre de cachet

[le-truh duh ka-she]
noun, plural let·tres de ca·chet [le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/. French.
  1. a letter under the seal of the sovereign, especially one ordering imprisonment, frequently without trial.
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lettre de cachet

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

Word Origin for lettre de cachet

literally: letter with a seal
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