Lettre-de-cachet



[le-truh duh ka-she] /lɛ trə də kaˈʃɛ/

noun, 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.
/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

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