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- proper n. The official public seal of any of several nations.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. In Great Britain, the lord chancellor (who is custodian of this seal); also, his office.
- n. See under Great.
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- n. the principal seal of a government, symbolizing authority or sovereignty
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Sir John Maynard, an eminent lawyer of later years; one of the Commissioners of the Great Seal under King William III.
"I bring" he opened a velvet pouch and extracted a square piece of parchment with the yellow Great Seal dangling from it.
He was a Fellow of All Souls, and a Bencher of Gray's Inn; and, furthermore, was one of the Lords Commissioners of the Great Seal from 1648-1654.
All these considerations working on my mind at this distracting moment induced me, Lord Rockingham joining in it, to press him to return forthwith to the King, and entreat his Majesty either to allow him time till next morning to recollect himself, or to put the Great Seal in commission, as had been resolved upon.
[There had been recently established, under the Great Seal of England, a Corporation for the Royal Fishing, of which the Duke of York was Governor, Lord Craven Deputy-Governor, and the Lord Mayor and Chamberlain of London, for the time being, Treasurers, in which body was vested the sole power of licensing lotteries ( "The Newes,"
That very day, for example, on the report of a Committee, orders were given for the engraving of a new Great Seal, with instructions that on one side there should be a map of England and Ireland, with the Islands of Jersey and Guernsey, also the English and Irish arms, and the words “The Great Seal of England:
Davison hurried through the night to the Lord Chancellor Bromley's home, where he obtained the Great Seal of yellow wax.