privy seal

noun (in the UK) a seal affixed to state documents.

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  • Privy Seal — of EnglandThe Privy Seal of England can be traced back to the reign of King John. It has been suggested that it was originally the seal that accompanied the person of the Sovereign, while the Great Seal was required to remain in the… …   Wikipedia

  • Privy seal — Privy Priv y, a. [F. priv[ e], fr. L. privatus. See {Private}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. Privee knights and squires. Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy seal — Seal Seal, n. [OE. seel, OF. seel, F. sceau, fr. L. sigillum a little figure or image, a seal, dim. of signum a mark, sign, figure, or image. See {Sign}, n., and cf. {Sigil}.] 1. An engraved or inscribed stamp, used for marking an impression in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Privy Seal — Privy Seal, the →↑Lord Privy Seal, the …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • privy seal — n. in Great Britain, the seal placed on documents which are later to receive the great seal or which are not important enough to receive the great seal …   English World dictionary

  • Privy seal — A privy seal was in use during the reign of King John. From c. 1230 during Henry Ill s reign it became a permanent feature of royal administration, being used to authenticate letters less formal than those issued by the *chancery. It was usually… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • privy seal — noun Etymology: Middle English prive seal, from prive privy + seal more at seal 1. : a private seal: as a. : a British royal seal used before 1885 to authorize use of the great seal (as on letters patent or pardons) or on documents not requiring… …   Useful english dictionary

  • privy seal — A seal which is affixed to royal grants or letters patent which are to pass under the great seal. The sign manual is the warrant to the privy seal and the privy seal is the warrant to the great seal. See 2 Bl Comm 347 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • privy seal — In England, a seal used in making out grants or letters patent, preparatory to their passing under the great seal. A seal which the sovereign uses to such grants or things as pass the great seal. A seal of the British government which is affixed… …   Black's law dictionary

  • privy seal — (in Great Britain) the seal affixed to grants, documents, etc., that are to pass the great seal, and to documents of less importance that do not require the great seal. [1250 1300; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • PRIVY SEAL —    the seal of the sovereign appended to grants that do not require to pass the great seal …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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