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[sij-il] /ˈsɪdʒ ɪl/
a seal or signet.
Origin of sigil
1600-10; < Latin sigillum statuette, figure, stamped figure, diminutive of signum sign; see seal1
Related forms
[sij-uh-ler-ee] /ˈsɪdʒ əˌlɛr i/ (Show IPA),
sigilistic, adjective Unabridged
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noun (rare)
a seal or signet
a sign or image supposedly having magical power
Derived Forms
sigillary (ˈsɪdʒɪlərɪ) adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sigillum a little sign, from signum a sign
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Word Origin and History for sigil

"a sign, mark, or seal," mid-15c., from Late Latin sigillum, from Latin sigilla (neuter plural) "statuettes, little images, seal," diminutive of signum "sign" (see sign (n.)). In astrology, an occult device supposed to have great power (1650s).

When my mistress died, she had under her arm-hole a small scarlet bag full of many things, which, one that was there delivered unto me. There was in this bag several sigils, some of Jupiter in Trine, others of the nature of Venus, some of iron, and one of gold, of pure angel-gold, of the bigness of a thirty-three shilling piece of King James's coin. ["The Antiquarian Repertory," London, 1780]

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