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privy seal

noun
1.
(in Great Britain) the seal affixed to grants, documents, etc., that are to pass the great seal, and to documents of less importance that do not require the great seal.
Origin of privy seal
1250-1300
Middle English word dating back to 1250-1300
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  • Many did hold it a treachery in him, till now, to the privy seal whom he served.

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  • And indeed Lascelles' judgment had jumped with privy seal's.

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  • But he recollected that privy seal had witnesses enow of his own.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • For whether he stayed Culpepper or no, privy seal must know that he had betrayed him.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • Will you join with us, or will you be lost with privy seal?'

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  • We gain as many hours as we may hold him from blabbing to privy seal.

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  • At this, on October 23, it was decided that a privy seal was not enough.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • A second privy seal came to the Justices of the King's Bench.

    Sir Walter Ralegh William Stebbing
  • To the privy seal, where I signed many pardons and some few things else.

  • Hence to the privy seal, where there has been but little work these two days.

British Dictionary definitions for privy seal

privy seal

noun
1.
(often capitals) (in Britain) a seal affixed to certain documents issued by royal authority: of less rank and importance than the great seal
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