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lettre de cachet

[le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/
plural lettres de cachet
[le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/ (Show IPA).
French.
1.
a letter under the seal of the sovereign, especially one ordering imprisonment, frequently without trial.
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lettre de cachet

/lɛtrə də kaʃɛ/
noun (pl) lettres de cachet (lɛtrə də kaʃɛ)
1.
(French history) a letter under the sovereign's seal, often authorizing imprisonment without trial
Word Origin
literally: letter with a seal
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