Keeper of the privy seal
Keeper Keep"er, n. 1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything. [1913 Webster]

2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners. [1913 Webster]

3. One who has the care, custody, or superintendence of anything; as, the keeper of a park, a pound, of sheep, of a gate, etc.; the keeper of attached property; hence, one who saves from harm; a defender; a preserver. [1913 Webster]

The Lord is thy keeper. --Ps. cxxi. 6. [1913 Webster]

4. One who remains or keeps in a place or position. [1913 Webster]

Discreet; chaste; keepers at home. --Titus ii. 5. [1913 Webster]

5. A ring, strap, clamp, or any device for holding an object in place; as: (a) The box on a door jamb into which the bolt of a lock protrudes, when shot. (b) A ring serving to keep another ring on the finger. (c) A loop near the buckle of a strap to receive the end of the strap. [1913 Webster]

6. A fruit that keeps well; as, the Roxbury Russet is a good keeper. Hence: Anything perishable that remains in good condition longer than usual. -- Downing. [1913 Webster +PJC]

7. An iron bar that is placed on the poles of a horseshoe magnet, and held in place there by the magnetic force, to preserve the strength of the magnet when not in use. [PJC]

{Keeper of the forest} (O. Eng. Law), an officer who had the principal government of all things relating to the forest.

{Keeper of the great seal}, a high officer of state, who has custody of the great seal. The office is now united with that of lord chancellor. [Eng.]

{Keeper of the King's conscience}, the lord chancellor; -- a name given when the chancellor was an ecclesiastic. [Eng.]

{Keeper of the privy seal} (styled also {lord privy seal}), a high officer of state, through whose hands pass all charters, pardons, etc., before they come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was formerly called {clerk of the privy seal}. [Eng.]

{Keeper of a magnet}, a piece of iron which connects the two poles, for the purpose of keeping the magnetic power undiminished; an armature; called also {keeper}. [1913 Webster]


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  • keeper of the privy seal — An English officer who was the custodian of the privy seal and as such inspected all documents requiring the great seal. The sign manual was the warrant to the privy seal, and the privy seal was the warrant to the great seal. See 2 Bl Comm 347 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • keeper of the privy seal — In English law, an officer through whose hands pass all charters signed by the king before they come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was anciently called clerk of the privy seal, but is now generally called the lord privy seal …   Black's law dictionary

  • keeper of the privy seal — In English law, an officer through whose hands pass all charters signed by the king before they come to the great seal. He is a privy councillor, and was anciently called clerk of the privy seal, but is now generally called the lord privy seal …   Black's law dictionary

  • keeper of the privy seal — Etymology: Middle English keper of the prive seale 1. : lord privy seal 2. : an officer in Scotland and Cornwall analogous to the English lord privy seal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland — The office of Keeper of the Privy Seal of Scotland, one of the Great Officers of State, first appears in the reign of David II. After the Act of Union 1707 its holder was normally a peer, like the Keeper of the Great Seal. The office has remained …   Wikipedia

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  • Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal — Thomas Cromwell, 1. Earl of Essex Der Lordsiegelbewahrer (Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal oder kurz Lord Privy Seal) ist eines der ältesten Ämter in der englischen bzw. britischen Regierung. Ursprünglich war der Lordsiegelbewahrer für das private… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • lord keeper of the privy seal — lord privy seal …   Useful english dictionary

  • Keeper of the great seal — Keeper Keep er, n. 1. One who, or that which, keeps; one who, or that which, holds or has possession of anything. [1913 Webster] 2. One who retains in custody; one who has the care of a prison and the charge of prisoners. [1913 Webster] 3. One… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Keeper of the Great Seal — can refer to: *Keeper of the Great Seal of Canada *Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland *Keeper of the Great Seal of the State of Illinois *Keeper of the Great Seal of Wisconsin *Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Englandee also*Keeper of the Seals …   Wikipedia

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