Definition of signet in English:


Syllabification: sig·net
Pronunciation: /ˈsignit


  • A small seal, especially one set in a ring, used instead of or with a signature to give authentication to an official document.
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    • Since the great seal was heavy, the practice developed of employing a privy seal and later a signet.
    • Griffin pressed his signet into the seal and handed it to the messenger with a soft smile.
    • Then he sealed it with wax and applied a signet that he kept on the top shelf of the bookcase.


late Middle English: from Old French, or from medieval Latin signetum, diminutive of signum 'token, seal'.

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