Word of the day

The word for today is…

cachet (noun) – 1. (a) Great prestige or appeal.
(b) A quality of prestige or appeal.
(c) A mark, as of distinction, individuality, or authenticity.
2. A seal on a document, such as a letter.
3. (a) A commemorative design stamped on an envelope to mark a postal or philatelic event.
(b) A motto forming part of a postal cancellation.
4. A kind of wafer capsule formerly used by pharmacists for presenting an unpleasant-tasting drug.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1630s, Scottish borrowing of French cachet “seal affixed to a letter or document” (16th century), from Old French dialectal cacher “to press, crowd,” from Latin coactare “constrain”. Meaning evolving through “(letter under) personal stamp (of the king)” to “prestige.” Compare French lettre de cachet “letter under seal of the king.”

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