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signet ring

a finger ring containing a small seal, one's initial, or the like.
Origin of signet ring
First recorded in 1675-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I have pressed his hand on his death-bed; and he has given me his signet ring.

    Major Frank A. L. G. Bosboom-Toussaint
  • Titus has given me a signet ring which will, at all times, procure me access to him.

    For the Temple G. A. Henty
  • The use of the signet ring is frequently mentioned in the Old Testament.

    Scarabs Isaac Myer
  • I bought a Russian signet ring in the bazaar one morning from a Circassian.

    Under the Red Crescent Charles S. Ryan
  • He resumed his signet ring, and sat with his head bowed in his hands.

  • The anchor was also used as a signet ring by Seleneus, King of Syria.

  • On her finger was the King's signet ring, and Héloise recognised it immediately.

    Kophetua the Thirteenth Julian Corbett
  • But the cardinal's signet ring wasn't brass, because it said in the newspaper it was gold.

    Swatty Ellis Parker Butler
  • Ever since the sixteenth century the seal had been worn in addition to the signet ring.

    Jewellery H. Clifford Smith,
  • Tell me, what is the meaning of the owl that appears on your signet ring?

    Master Olof August Strindberg
British Dictionary definitions for signet ring

signet ring

a finger ring bearing a signet
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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