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signet Syllabification: sig·net
Pronunciation: /ˈsiɡnit/

Definition of signet in English:


A small seal, especially one set in a ring, used instead of or with a signature to give authentication to an official document.
Example sentences
  • 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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