sigil

noun
sig·​il | \ ˈsi-jil How to pronounce sigil (audio) \

Definition of sigil

1 : seal, signet
2 : a sign, word, or device held to have occult power in astrology or magic

Examples of sigil in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An American eagle as predator, the whole world its prey, was the sigil of an agency that could not even conceive of a public readership. Barton Gellman, Washington Post, "After receiving top-secret documents from the NSA whistleblower, reporter Barton Gellman broke the news that the National Security Agency was spying on Americans. Here’s how it happened.," 11 May 2020 The Order token moves up, and any player with a sigil on the card gains any cube rewards shown on the success side. Keith Law, Ars Technica, "Turn your tabletop into a real Game of Thrones with Oathbreaker game," 23 Nov. 2019 It is divided by the upside-down V of the Greek lambda, the sigil falsely believed to have been painted on Spartan shields at Thermopylae. Myke Cole, The New Republic, "The Sparta Fetish Is a Cultural Cancer," 1 Aug. 2019 The locations shown in the graphics often reflect which sites are shown in a particular episode, and even house sigils may change depending on which family is occupying a certain landmark at a certain the time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Game of Thrones Season 8 Title Sequence Is Completely Different," 15 Apr. 2019 Other elements of her costumes in season eight reflect that: Her wardrobe incorporates fur and fish scales, which tie back to the Stark and Tully family sigils. Glamour, "The Meaning Behind Sansa Stark's Necklace on Game of Thrones," 23 Apr. 2019 Ricky VigilGetty Images Doesn't that look like a dragon and a house sigil?? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Miley Cyrus Channels the Mother of Dragons In a 'Game of Thrones'-Inspired Vest," 29 May 2019 The central piece is an abstracted lion, harkening back to the Lannister sigil. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Jewelry on Game of Thrones Offers Clues to the Season 8 Finale," 18 May 2019 There is more to come, for the researchers of Tevanne have not gotten as far as the old alphabet of sigils. Tom Shippey, WSJ, "Science Fiction: A Bit of Magic Isn’t Always Enough," 12 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of sigil

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sigil

Middle English sigulle, from Latin sigillum — more at seal

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“Sigil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sigil. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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