a small seal, as on a finger ring.
a small official seal for legal documents, contracts, etc.
an impression made by or as if by a signet.

verb (used with object)

to stamp or mark with a signet.

Origin of signet

1300–50; Middle English < Old French (see sign, -et); compare Medieval Latin signētum
Related formsun·sig·net·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for signet

stamp, impression, sign, seal

Examples from the Web for signet

Historical Examples of signet

  • The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail, or the signet of a ring.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet and bracelets and staff?

    Fair to Look Upon

    Mary Belle Freeley

  • Given under our signet in our town of Pontoise, the 17th day of August.

  • Given under our signet, at our said Castle of Touque, the 9th day of August.

  • I alone have the signet which can force these mystic gates to open.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

British Dictionary definitions for signet



a small seal, esp one as part of a finger ring
a seal used to stamp or authenticate documents
the impression made by such a seal


(tr) to stamp or authenticate with a signet

Word Origin for signet

C14: from Medieval Latin signētum a little seal, from Latin signum a sign
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Word Origin and History for signet

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper