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Meaning of SIGNET

Pronunciation:  'signit

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a seal (especially one used to mark documents officially)

SIGNET is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 See Also: seal, seal ring, signet ring, stamp



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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} (Scots Law), a judicial officer who
   prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the
   office of the secretary of state.

Easton Bible Dictionary

a seal used to attest documents (Dan. 6:8-10, 12). In 6:17, this word properly denotes a ring. The impression of a signet ring on fine clay has recently been discovered among the ruins at Nineveh. It bears the name and title of an Egyptian king. Two actual signet rings of ancient Egyptian monarchs (Cheops and Horus) have also been discovered.

When digging a shaft close to the south wall of the temple area, the engineers of the Palestine Exploration Fund, at a depth of 12 feet below the surface, came upon a pavement of polished stones, formerly one of the streets of the city. Under this pavement they found a stratum of 16 feet of concrete, and among this concrete, 10 feet down, they found a signet stone bearing the inscription, in Old Hebrew characters, "Haggai, son of Shebaniah." It has been asked, Might not this be the actual seal of Haggai the prophet? We know that he was in Jerusalem after the Captivity; and it is somewhat singular that he alone of all the minor prophets makes mention of a signet (Hag. 2:23). (See SEAL.)