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 EnglishRelated formsun·sig·net·ed, adjective
< Old French
); compare Medieval Latin signētum
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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.
Discern, I pray thee, whose are these, the signet and bracelets and staff?
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.
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.)).
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