Meaning of signet in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsɪɡnɪt/


  • 1 historical A small seal, especially one set in a ring, used instead of or with a signature to give authentication to an official document.

    ‘Since the great seal was heavy, the practice developed of employing a privy seal and later a signet.’
    • ‘Griffin pressed his signet into the seal and handed it to the messenger with a soft smile.’
    • ‘Then he sealed it with wax and applied a signet that he kept on the top shelf of the bookcase.’
    • ‘I should hope to receive your rejoinder, post marked with the utmost haste, delivered upon my doorstep and stamped with your signet within the fortnight.’
    • ‘He saw it was sealed with his father's signet, which worried him.’
    1. 1.1usually the SignetThe royal seal formerly used for special purposes in England and Scotland, and in Scotland later as the seal of the Court of Session.
      ‘There shall be a Commissioner for the Territory who shall be appointed by Her Majesty by Commission under Her Majesty's Sign Manual and Signet and shall hold office during Her Majesty's pleasure.’
      • ‘I enclose for publication with this letter a copy of the Commission under the Sign Manual and Signet of Her Majesty the Queen appointing me to be the ‘governor general of St Lucia.’’


Late Middle English from Old French, or from medieval Latin signetum, diminutive of signum ‘token, seal’.