cachet

\ \ [17] Cachet was a Scottish borrowing of a French word which originally meant ‘seal affixed to a letter or document’. In the 19th century this developed into the figurative ‘personal stamp, distinguishing characteristic’, which, through its use in the context of distinguished or fashionable people or things, has come to mean ‘prestige’. The original notion contained in the word is of ‘pressing’. It comes via the medieval French verb cacherpress’ from Latin coactāreconstrain’. This was a derivative of coact-, the past participial stem of cōgeredrive together’ (source of English cogent), a compound verb formed from con- ‘together’ and ageredrive’ (source of English act and a host of other derivatives from agent to prodigal).
\ \ Modern French cacher means ‘hide’, which is the source of cachehoard’, borrowed by English in the 19th century.
\ \ Cf.CACHE, COGENT

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