Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A special characteristic or quality.
  • n. A seal, as of a letter.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seal, as of a letter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seal.
  • n. A distinguishing mark or stamp.
  • n. In pharmacy, a hollow wafer containing medicine in powder form.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a warrant formerly issued by a French king who could warrant imprisonment or death in a signed letter under his seal
  • n. a seal on a letter
  • n. an indication of approved or superior status

Etymologies

French, from Old French, from cacher, to press; see cache.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cachet. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "High School Musical" and "Spider-Man" 1-3 aside, digits have lost their title cachet, and titles have become indistinguishable brand names.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • My last bike was a BMW, always a nice thing to mention in Japan as the brand cachet is strong, despite the rather more staid UK image, perhaps related to the relative rarity of the bike in Japan.

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  • Social Media makes sense for wine marketing because the cachet is in the smallness.

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  • Many of them had military experience, and this lent a certain cachet to their names: Colonels Townsend Whelen and Charles Askins, Major George C. Nonte, Captain Phil Sharpe.

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  • Unlike in pop music, where early adopters of new technologies can gain long-term cachet by exploiting new sounds and techniques to maximum effect, Photoshop's saving grace has been in the myriad ways its many tacky filters could be adjusted or layered to produce unique and subtle looks, and the best designers distinguished themselves with work that did not speak loudly of Chrome or Craquelure.

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  • Perhaps "universal cachet" is a new metaphor for "fat black cat with breath that could peel the bark off a redwood," because I've definitely got one of those, and she definitely demands respect.

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  • Both teams have a Heisman-trophy caliber quarterback and a moderate amount of preseason hype, but don't necessarily have the name cachet that the SEC super-powers carry.

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  • To give a Club its peculiar "cachet" -- its, so to say, trade-mark -- you require a class of men who make the Club their home, and whose interest it is that all the internal arrangements should be as perfect, as well ordered, and frictionless as may be.

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  • a public university, while perhaps not carrying quite the cachet as a private school,...

    May 26, 2010

  • See disambiguation note at cache.

    October 12, 2008

  • In stamp collecting, a design on an envelope that commemorates a particular event. Cachets appear on modern first-day covers, first-flight covers and special-event covers.

    August 25, 2008