Definitions

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

  • n. The study of seals and signets.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The study of seals, especially those attached to documents.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The science of seals, their history, age, distinctions, etc., esp. as verifying the age and genuiness of documents.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The study of seals and the distinctions among them; the archæology of seals.

Etymologies

French sphragistique, from Late Greek sphragistikos, of seals, from Greek sphragistos, stamped, sealed, from sphragis, seal.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek seal (sphragis). (Wiktionary)

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