sealing wax



a resinous preparation, soft when heated, used for sealing letters, documents, etc.

Origin of sealing wax

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sealing wax

Historical Examples of sealing wax

  • Nothing but "papers and pens and sealing-wax and things" had he asked for.

    A Son of Hagar

    Sir Hall Caine

  • I took it from him and noted the three sealing-wax imprints on the flap.

    Sense from Thought Divide

    Mark Irvin Clifton

  • He would have snapped 'em short off in a minute, like sticks of sealing-wax.

    A Christmas Carol

    Charles Dickens

  • It is used in the manufacture of varnish, sealing-wax, and soap.

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway

  • I'll eat all this sealing-wax if you don't, and it's rank poison, you know it is.

    The Wolves and the Lamb

    William Makepeace Thackeray

British Dictionary definitions for sealing wax

sealing wax


a hard material made of shellac, turpentine, and pigment that softens when heated. It is used for sealing documents, parcels, letters, etc
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