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Definition of "cachet" [cach•et]

  • A mark or quality, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity: "Federal courts have a certain cachet which state courts lack” ( Christian Science Monitor). (noun)
  • A seal on a document, such as a letter. (noun)
  • A commemorative design stamped on an envelope to mark a postal or philatelic event. (noun)
  • A motto forming part of a postal cancellation. (noun)
  • A kind of wafer capsule formerly used by pharmacists for presenting an unpleasant-tasting drug. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cachet" in a sentence
  • ""High School Musical" and "Spider-Man" 1-3 aside, digits have lost their title cachet, and titles have become indistinguishable brand names."
  • "Paella was a peasant´s and fisherman´s stew of leftovers after market and took on a certain cachet as did bouillabasse in Marseilles and Cioppino in San Francisco but most of these concoctions are mediocre at best unless you identify public places with extraordinary talent in the kitchen."
  • "Selling your work to a publisher that no one will read, making no money on the deal (less than no money really when you consider opportunity costs), and getting the opposite of cachet from the whole thing is no way to begin a career."