a small seal, as on a finger ring.
a small official seal for legal documents, contracts, etc.
an impression made by or as if by a signet.
verb (used with object)
to stamp or mark with a signet.

1300–50; Middle English < Old French (see sign, -et); compare Medieval Latin signētum

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World English Dictionary
signet (ˈsɪɡnɪt)
1.  a small seal, esp one as part of a finger ring
2.  a seal used to stamp or authenticate documents
3.  the impression made by such a seal
4.  (tr) to stamp or authenticate with a signet
[C14: from Medieval Latin signētum a little seal, from Latin signum a sign]

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., "small seal" (especially one on a finger ring), from O.Fr. signet "a small seal," dim. of signe "sign" (see sign).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bible Dictionary

Signet definition

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.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Example sentences
The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail, or the signet of a ring.
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