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 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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  • signet ring — ring that is used for stamping a letter with authority …   English contemporary dictionary

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