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.

I had my father's signet in my purse. Shak.

Signet ring, a ring containing a signet or private seal. -- Writer to the signet ScotsLaw, a judicial officer who prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the office of the secretary of state.


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