the principal seal of a government or state.
(initial capital letters)British.
the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain.
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How to use great seal in a sentence
John Adams wanted the splitting of the Red Sea to be on the great seal of the newly minted United States of America.
Richard Cromwell's parliament dissolved by commission under the great seal, at the instance of Desborough.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
Shower undertook to prove that the letters patent to which Somers had put the great seal were illegal.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
After some parley Essex handed him a protection under the great seal for himself and all his followers for twenty days.Ireland Under the Tudors, Vol. II (of 3) | Richard Bagwell
Grafton offered the great seal to Charles Yorke, the second son of the famous chancellor, Hardwicke, who died in 1764.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
On the 17th, George told him that if he did not accept the great seal then, it should never be offered to him again.The Political History of England - Vol. X. | William Hunt
British Dictionary definitions for great seal
(often capitals) the principal seal of a nation, sovereign, etc, used to authenticate signatures and documents of the highest importance
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