great seal


: a large seal that constitutes an emblem of sovereignty and is used especially for the authentication of important documents

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Memorialized on this country’s great seal as the embodiment of the American spirit, the species was almost destroyed by the nation’s lust for land and wealth, then saved by a group of visionaries who ensured its survival. Mary Ann Gwinn, Los Angeles Times, 4 Dec. 2022 When done properly, this provides a great seal over the window, and the air pocket created prevents condensation. Mark Philben,, 26 Dec. 2021 The debate over one mask or two masks continues, but Peter Krouse finds one thing that most medical officials can agree on: Nothing is more important than finding a mask with a great seal. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 16 Feb. 2021 What Franklin did, Cook said, was write a private letter to his daughter more than a year after adoption of the great seal, which included some disparaging remarks about the eagle. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of great seal was in the 15th century

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“Great seal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

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