[ sig-nit ]
See synonyms for signet on
  1. a small seal, as on a finger ring.

  2. a small official seal for legal documents, contracts, etc.

  1. an impression made by or as if by a signet.

verb (used with object)
  1. to stamp or mark with a signet.

Origin of signet

1300–50; Middle English <Old French (see sign, -et); compare Medieval Latin signētum

Other words from signet

  • un·sig·net·ed, adjective

Words Nearby signet Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use signet in a sentence

  • Evident today was a new signet ring that Carole has recently taken to wearing on the little finger of her right hand.

  • He wears a real pearl stud and a good signet ring; also a gold wrist watch, face broken and hands stopped at seven-fifteen.

    Dope | Sax Rohmer
  • In the end, therefore, it was he who took the signet ring and the letter the prince had written and brought back the gold.

    A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
  • But for the dark circles about the eyes and mouth, the unmistakeable signet of Death, he might have seemed in perfect health.

    Alone | Marion Harland
  • And that figure upon the shields is the sacred sign that was engraved upon his signet-ring.

British Dictionary definitions for signet


/ (ˈsɪɡnɪt) /

  1. a small seal, esp one as part of a finger ring

  2. a seal used to stamp or authenticate documents

  1. the impression made by such a seal

  1. (tr) to stamp or authenticate with a signet

Origin of signet

C14: from Medieval Latin signētum a little seal, from Latin signum a sign

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