great seal

great seal
noun
the principal seal of a government, symbolizing authority or sovereignty
Hypernyms: ↑seal, ↑stamp
Instance Hyponyms: ↑Great Seal of the United States

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noun
Etymology: Middle English grete seel
1. : the personal seal of a monarch
2. : the principal seal of a kingdom or state or of a bishop or of a corporation

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1. the principal seal of a government or state.
2. (caps.) Brit.
a. the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain.
b. his office.
[1350-1400; ME]

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Great Seal noun
A seal kept by the Lord Chancellor or Lord Keeper and used on the most important state papers
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Great Seal
(also without caps) the state seal of the United Kingdom
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Main Entry:seal

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great seal,
the most important seal of a country or state, stamped on official documents as proof of their approval by the government.
Great Seal,
Obsolete. (in Great Britain) the Keeper of the Great Seal, now combined with the office of Lord Chancellor.

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n. a seal used for the authentication of state documents of the highest importance, held by the Secretary of State

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • Great seal — Great Great (gr[=a]t), a. [Compar. {Greater}; superl. {Greatest}.] [OE. gret, great, AS. gre[ a]t; akin to OS. & LG. gr[=o]t, D. groot, OHG. gr[=o]z, G. gross. Cf. {Groat} the coin.] 1. Large in space; of much size; big; immense; enormous;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Great 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

  • great seal — great′ seal′ n. 1) gov the principal seal of a government or state 2) gov (caps.) a) the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain b) the office of the Lord Chancellor …   From formal English to slang

  • great seal — n. the chief seal of a nation or state, with which official papers are stamped as proof of having been approved or certified …   English World dictionary

  • Great Seal — The Great Seal might mean: Countries * Great Seal of Canada * Great Seal of France * Great Seal of Ireland * Great Seal of the Realm (UK) ** Great Seal of Northern Ireland ** Great Seal of Scotland * Great Seal of the United States Historic seals …   Wikipedia

  • Great seal — The seal first appeared in its developed form in England during Edward the Confessor s reign. The great seal was double sided (unlike other English royal seals) and usually showed the monarch seated, as well as the royal insignia. Henry I s… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • great seal — jūrų kiškis statusas T sritis zoologija | vardynas taksono rangas rūšis atitikmenys: lot. Erignathus barbatus angl. bearded seal; great seal; leporine seal; long bodied seal; squareflipper; ugrug; ugruk vok. Bartrobbe; Blaurobbe; bärtige Robbe;… …   Žinduolių pavadinimų žodynas

  • great seal — A seal of state; the seal of the United States; the seal of a state; the seal of Great Britain, of which the lord high chancellor is the custodian. See seal of the United States …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • great seal — 1. the principal seal of a government or state. 2. (caps.) Brit. a. the Lord Chancellor, keeper of the principal seal of Great Britain. b. his office. [1350 1400; ME] * * * …   Universalium

  • great seal — noun Date: 15th century a large seal that constitutes an emblem of sovereignty and is used especially for the authentication of important documents …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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