(the "a" in "CACHET" is like in "apple")
Part of speech:
(Like "milk," "rice," and "education," uncountable nouns are words for stuff that can't be broken into exact units. You talk about "some milk," "the rice," and "a lot of education," but you don't say "a milk," "three rices," or "many educations."
Likewise, talk about "the cachet," "such cachet," "a lot of cachet," "no cachet," and so on, but don't say "cachets."
Sorry for the complexity, but you can say "a cachet," as in "a certain cachet.")
This word has a lot of meanings, but two of them are especially useful. First, cachet is a feature or quality of something that makes it seem important and successful and brings it respect and admiration. Second, cachet is just the importance and success that make people respect and admire that thing.
None, sorry! It's just the noun.
How to use it:
Talk about someone or something having cachet, or doing something with cachet. You can also talk about "the cachet of something," as in "the cachet of wealth" or "the cachet of artistry."
Kale, a leafy vegetable similar to cabbage, has been gaining cachet among health food lovers.
A degree from an online university simply won't earn you the cachet of one from a traditional brick-and-mortar school.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "cachet" means when you can explain it without saying "admire" or "respect."
Think of a musician, author, or television show that has been popular for a long time, and fill in the blanks: "(Musician/author/television show has maintained his/her/its cachet by _____."
Example: "Elton John has maintained his cachet by steadily producing soulful albums year after year."
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Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Thich Nhat Hanh: "I asked the leaf whether it was scared because it was autumn and the other leaves were falling. The leaf told me, 'No. During the whole spring and summer I was very alive. I worked hard and helped nourish the tree, and much of me is in the tree.'"
1. The opposite of CACHET is
2. Magazines have slowly lost their cultural cachet; they no longer _____.
A. include quite so many advertisements
B. command authority as serious journalism
C. feature unrealistic images of beauty
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