writer to the signet


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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Writer \Writ"er\, n. [AS. wr[imac]tere.]
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   1. One who writes, or has written; a scribe; a clerk.
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            They [came] that handle the pen of the writer.
                                                  --Judg. v. 14.
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            My tongue is the pen of a ready writer. --Ps. xlv.
                                                  1.
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   2. One who is engaged in literary composition as a
      profession; an author; as, a writer of novels.
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            This pitch, as ancient writers do report, doth
            defile.                               --Shak.
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   3. A clerk of a certain rank in the service of the late East
      India Company, who, after serving a certain number of
      years, became a factor.
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   Writer of the tallies (Eng. Law), an officer of the
      exchequer of England, who acted as clerk to the auditor of
      the receipt, and wrote the accounts upon the tallies from
      the tellers' bills. The use of tallies in the exchequer
      has been abolished. --Wharton (Law. Dict.)

   Writer's cramp, Writer's palsy or Writer's spasm
      (Med.), a painful spasmodic affection of the muscles of
      the fingers, brought on by excessive use, as in writing,
      violin playing, telegraphing, etc. Called also
      scrivener's palsy.

   Writer to the signet. See under Signet.
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