from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Saxon law, a cross prefixed to a charter or deed as evidence of assent.


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  • Again, the word signum appears in the almost contemporary "Life of St. Columban" (615), for when one of his monks was dying Columban is said to have assembled the community by ringing the bell (signo tacto omnes adesse imperavit), Krusch,

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 2: Assizes-Browne

  • The priapismus, which occurs to vigorous people in a morning before they awake, has been called the signum salutis, or banner of health, and is occasioned by the increase of our irritability or sensibility during sleep, as explained in Sect.

    Zoonomia, Vol. II Or, the Laws of Organic Life

  • One of the two Heidelberg students complains of having been given a "signum" or bad mark "pro sermone vulgariter prolato," and the other has been caught in the kitchen.

    Life in the Medieval University

  • When it happened, we both murmured, ‘in signum amoris.’

    Arcane Circle

  • The in signum amoris made it an emotional bond as well.

    Arcane Circle

  • Even acceptance of the mechanical understanding of what causes eclipses did not prevent people from continuing to regard their occurrence as a “sign”—in fact, signum was a regular term used to refer to an eclipse.

    In the Valley of the Shadow

  • Plebs tibi, Domine, Virginique Matri dicata, beati Simonis, quem ei Rectorem et Patrem dedisti, solemnitate lætetur: et sicut per eum tantæ protectionis signum obtinuit; ita prædistinationis æternæ munera consequatur.


  • Until I realized Johnny was kissing my sternum and whispering, “In signum amoris...”

    Fatal Circle

  • Here is the proper collect for his feast as found in the Southwark supplement to my old breviary:Plebs tibi, Domine, Virginique Matri dicata, beati Simonis solemnitate laetetur: et sicut per eum tantae protectionis signum obtinuit, ita praedestinationis aeternae munera consequatur.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • PER signum Crucis de inimicis nostris libera nos, Deus noster.

    Archive 2009-09-01


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