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Signets have been used for thousands of years. The design of a signet is personalized for its owner, and no two are alike. The ancients used signets to mark their possessions and to sign contracts. In later years signets were used to stamp a blob of hot wax sealing a folded secret document so that it couldn't be opened and read without the design being broken. The Pope still wears a signet, called the Fisherman's Ring, which is carved with a figure of St. Peter encircled with the Pope's name; after a Pope's death, the ring is destroyed and a new one is made.
Origin and Etymology of signet
Middle English small seal, signet ring, from Anglo-French, diminutive of signe sign, seal
First Known Use: 14th century
Definition of signet
: to stamp or authenticate with a signet
First Known Use of signet
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