Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A seal, especially one used officially to mark documents.
  • n. The impression made with such a seal.
  • transitive v. To mark or endorse with a signet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an object (especially a ring) formerly used to impress a picture into the sealing wax of a document as a proof of its origin

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual; -- called also privy signet.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seal, especially a private seal, used instead of signing the name, or in addition to it, for verification of papers or the like.
  • n. The stamp of a signet; an impression made by or as if by a signet.
  • n. The ring-shaped form of the Plasmodium of malaria. See signet-ring, 2.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of signe, sign; see sign.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin signētum, diminutive of Latin signum ("sign"). (Wiktionary)

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