• WordNet 3.6
    • n signet a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Signet 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n signet A seal, especially a private seal, used instead of signing the name, or in addition to it, for verification of papers or the like. The signet in Scotland is a seal by which royal warrants connected with the administration of justice were formerly authenticated. Hence the title of writers to the signet or clerks of the signet, a class of legal practitioners in Edinburgh who formerly had important privileges, which are now nearly abolished. They act generally as agents or attorneys in conducting causes before the Court of Session. In English administration the signet is one of the seals for the authentication of royal grants, which before the abolition of the signet-office in 1848 was there affixed to documents before passing the privy seal, but it is not now required.
    • n signet The stamp of a signet; an impression made by or as if by a signet.
    • n signet The ring-shaped form of the Plasmodium of malaria. See signet-ring, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Signet the privy-seal:
    • Signet (B.) a seal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. signet, a signet, F., a bookmark, dim. of signe,. See Sign (n.), and cf. Sennet
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. signe—L. signum.


In literature:

To him thy woes, thy wishes, bring; 755 He will redeem his signet-ring.
"Lady of the Lake" by Sir Walter Scott
Haste, and shew me to the Prince Arsaces, Delay not, see the signet of Vardanes.
"The Prince of Parthia" by Thomas Godfrey
On the eventful day of September 3, 1914, the British forces reached a position south of the Marne between Lagny and Signy-Signets.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume II (of VIII)" by Various
And thou art on the signet of his heart.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 2 August 1848" by Various
It was my father's signet ring.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum
She wore a necklace of stars, and a sun was set in her signet-ring.
"Walter Pieterse" by Multatuli
The Emperor entered our tents, and we delivered over to him the signet of our empire.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
There, an acid-etched plate of steel was set as if to be used for a signet.
"The Fifth-Dimension Tube" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
He drew his signet ring off from his finger; it was a token that he felt that all was over.
"Alexander the Great" by Jacob Abbott
Take your signets and sell them.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Gad, I wonder where that signet ring's got to now.
"The Recipe for Diamonds" by Charles John Cutcliffe Wright Hyne
Nature had imprinted on his face the unmistakable signet with which she stamps her prime favourites.
"The Serapion Brethren." by Ernst Theordor Wilhelm Hoffmann
Not that my object was in any wise money, but I consider this the signet of success.
"Margaret Fuller (Marchesa Ossoli)" by Julia Ward Howe
But the general use of the signet gradually failed, and by the 7th century it had ceased.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 5" by Various
In man the more we dive, the more we see Heaven's signet stamping an immortal make.
"Young's Night Thoughts" by Edward Young
I believe a finger with his signet ring was subsequently found, but that was all.
"Russian Life To-day" by Right Rev. Herbert Bury
C.S., civil service; clerk to the signet.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 1" by Various
Look here, Leslie, my old signet-ring that scoundrel took from a nail over my chimney-piece.
"Of High Descent" by George Manville Fenn
Moreover, the large signet-ring that had grown too large for his thin finger had not been taken off.
"The Master of the Ceremonies" by George Manville Fenn
Penny tapped lightly on the iron bars with her signet ring.
"Danger at the Drawbridge" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

"But I am jealous of my heart,
Lest it should once from thee depart;
Then let thy name be well impressed
As a fair signet on my breast.
"Hymn 78" by Isaac Watts
This is Being's mighty signet, then,
God's pure glass to angels and to men;
Each word lisped the Highest's praise to sound,
Ring in ring, united there is found.
"Book Of the Parsees - The Bequest Of The Ancient Persian Faith" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Grander — for though to thee no beauty vernal,
Or bloom of summer give a single flower,
Yet the Lord God hath written thee 'eternal,'
And stamped thee with the signet of His power.
"The Maiden's Reply To The Mountain" by Samuel John Stone
O brother! beware how you seek us again,
Lest you brand on your forehead the signet of Cain;
That blood and that crime on your conscience must sit;
We may fall—we may perish—but never submit!
"Farewell To Brother Jonathan" by Anonymous Americas
Blow, trumpets, your summons, till sluggards awake!
Beat, drums, till the roofs of the faint-hearted shake!
Yet, yet, ere the signet is stamped on the scroll,
Their names may be traced on the blood-sprinkled roll!
"The Last Charge" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
We never heard him laugh aloud, we know he often wept:
We think the Bridegroom sometimes stood beside him as he slept,
And set upon those virgin lips the signet of His love,
That any other touch but His they never should approve.
"Brevi Tempore Magnum Perfecit Opus" by Digby Mackworth Dolben

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Signet Jewelers Ltd announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Ultra Stores, Inc from Crystal Financial LLC.