From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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         I had my father's signet in my purse.    --Shak.
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   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.
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