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signet

[sig-nit] /ˈsɪg nɪt/
noun
1.
a small seal, as on a finger ring.
2.
a small official seal for legal documents, contracts, etc.
3.
an impression made by or as if by a signet.
verb (used with object)
4.
to stamp or mark with a signet.
Origin of signet
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old French (see sign, -et); compare Medieval Latin signētum
Related forms
unsigneted, adjective
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signet

/ˈsɪɡnɪt/
noun
1.
a small seal, esp one as part of a finger ring
2.
a seal used to stamp or authenticate documents
3.
the impression made by such a seal
verb
4.
(transitive) to stamp or authenticate with a signet
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin signētum a little seal, from Latin signum a sign
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Word Origin and History for signet
n.

late 14c., "small seal" (especially one on a finger ring), from Old French signet "a small seal," diminutive of signe "sign" (see sign (n.)).

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