Entry from British & World English dictionary
(In the UK) engraved seals held during tenure of an official position, especially that of Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State, and symbolizing the office held: he was encouraged to delay surrendering the seals of office
More example sentences
- The seals of office, which half a dozen of our rulers have just surrendered to, or received from, the Queen, are small metal stamps in velvet cases.
- He will be presented with the seals of office and officially become prime minister.
- The King passed over the seals of office and the keys of the Prime Minister's dispatch box.
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