(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.
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- privy chamber,
- privy coat,
- privy council,
- privy purse,
- prix fixe,
- prix goncourt,
- prize court
Origin of privy seal
Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300
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(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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