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 There, Eido, Mithrax’s daughter will walk you through various aspects of Fallen culture, including standouts like the fact that the Fallen paint a sigil of Saint’s helmet on the wall to ward off murderous Guardians. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 17 May 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 23 Apr. 2019 Ricky VigilGetty Images Doesn't that look like a dragon and a house sigil?? Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, 29 May 2019 The central piece is an abstracted lion, harkening back to the Lannister sigil. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, 18 May 2019 See More

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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