privy signet
Signet Sig"net, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sennet}.] A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual; -- called also {privy signet}. [1913 Webster]

I had my father's signet in my purse. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{Signet ring}, a ring containing a signet or private seal.

{Writer to the signet} (Scots Law), a judicial officer who prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the office of the secretary of state. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Privy signet — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • privy signet — /priviy signat/ In English law, the signet or seal which is first used in making out grants and private letters and which is always in the custody of the Queen s secretaries …   Black's law dictionary

  • privy signet — A seal which was always in the custody of the principal secretary of state and was affixed to royal grants and letters patent after the king s own sign manual had been superscribed. See 2 Bl Comm 347 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Signet — Sig net, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sennet}.] A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign manual;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Signet ring — Signet Sig net, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sennet}.] A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by bill under the sign… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy — Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy chamber — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy council — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy councilor — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy purse — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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