[ sig-nit ]
/ ˈsɪg nɪt /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for signet


/ (ˈsɪɡnɪt) /


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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