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privy seal

Syllabification: priv·y seal

Definition of privy seal in English:

noun

(In the UK) a seal affixed to documents that are afterward to pass the Great Seal or that do not require it.
Example sentences
  • As first the great seal and then the privy seal were regarded by monarchs as too public, the keeper of the signet rose in importance.
  • Next are the chaplains and clerks, clerks of the privy council, of the privy seal and the signet.
  • The next few years saw his titles change rapidly, from principal secretary and master of the rolls to lord privy seal, where he also gained a peerage.

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