American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A seal, especially one used officially to mark documents.
- n. The impression made with such a seal.
- v. To mark or endorse with a signet.
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. The signet in Scotland is a seal by which royal warrants connected with the administration of justice were formerly authenticated. Hence the title of writers to the signet or clerks of the signet, a class of legal practitioners in Edinburgh who formerly had important privileges, which are now nearly abolished. They act generally as agents or attorneys in conducting causes before the Court of Session. In English administration the signet is one of the seals for the authentication of royal grants, which before the abolition of the signet-office in 1848 was there affixed to documents before passing the privy seal, but it is not now required.
- n. The stamp of a signet; an impression made by or as if by a signet.
- n. The ring-shaped form of Plasmodium of malaria. See signet-ring, 2.
- 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
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
- n. a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)
- From Medieval Latin signētum, diminutive of Latin signum ("sign"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of signe, sign; see sign. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It is like gold, or more exactly it is like the gold-coloured semi-precious stone which one sometimes sees in signet rings, and which I think is called a chrysoberyl.”
“But the order of male succession was asserted by the friends of their country; the lawful heir drew the royal signet from the finger of his insensible or conscious father and the empire obeyed the master of the palace.”
“Stampt with my signet are the swarthy children of the sun:”
“His signet is the Fisherman's; No sceptre does he bear;”
“Moses, who poured water upon the ground and it became blood; the signet is called the signet of truth, and is Zerrubbabel.”
“Meneptah had recalled the signet, or had added the penalty of suspense to his indorsement of Har-hat's fiat of imprisonment.”
“It is there described as of mixed yellow metal gilt; on either side of the hoop there is a crown (Fig. 134), of the form commonly seen on coins of the twelfth century, and on the signet are the words, ROGERIVS REX, chased in high relief.”
“Christ is the "signet" on God's hand: always in the Father's presence, ever pleasing in his sight.”
“The story begins legitimately upon activating Pandora's Box; Decard's palm is locked in place and stabbed clean through, imprinting the 'signet' on it, allowing you to absorb Animus Energy.”
“Faithful, Sultan of the East; in these papers signed with his signet are our credentials, if you would read them. ”
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