great seal

great seal
noun Date: 15th century a large seal that constitutes an emblem of sovereignty and is used especially for the authentication of important documents

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  • Great seal — Great Great (gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. {Greater}; superl. {Greatest}.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre[ a]t; akin to OS. & LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. {Groat} the coin.] 1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Great seal — Seal Seal, n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign, figure, or image. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sigil}.] 1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • great seal — great′ seal′ n. 1) gov the principal seal of a government or state 2) gov (caps.) a) the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain b) the office of the Lord Chancellor …   From formal English to slang

  • great seal — n. the chief seal of a nation or state, with which official papers are stamped as proof of having been approved or certified …   English World dictionary

  • Great Seal — The Great Seal might mean: Countries * Great Seal of Canada * Great Seal of France * Great Seal of Ireland * Great Seal of the Realm (UK) ** Great Seal of Northern Ireland ** Great Seal of Scotland * Great Seal of the United States Historic seals …   Wikipedia

  • great seal — noun the principal seal of a government, symbolizing authority or sovereignty • Hypernyms: ↑seal, ↑stamp • Instance Hyponyms: ↑Great Seal of the United States * * * noun Etymology: Middle English grete seel …   Useful english dictionary

  • Great seal — The seal first appeared in its developed form in England during Edward the Confessor s reign. The great seal was double sided (unlike other English royal seals) and usually showed the monarch seated, as well as the royal insignia. Henry I s… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • great seal — jūrų kiškis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Erignathus barbatus angl. bearded seal; great seal; leporine seal; long bodied seal; squareflipper; ugrug; ugruk vok. Bartrobbe; Blaurobbe; bärtige Robbe;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • great seal — A seal of state; the seal of the United States; the seal of a state; the seal of Great Britain, of which the lord high chancellor is the custodian. See seal of the United States …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • great seal — 1. the principal seal of a government or state. 2. (caps.) Brit. a. the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain. b. his office. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

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