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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Signet  \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. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  a  seal  (especially  one  used  to  mark  documents  officially) 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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}.) 

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