sign manual

plural signs manual

Definition of sign manual

1a : signature specifically : the king's signature on a royal grant or charter placed at the top of the document
b : an identifying mark or device
2 : a hand gesture for conveying a command or message

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of sign manual

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sign manual

Time Traveler for sign manual

Time Traveler

The first known use of sign manual was in the 15th century

See more words from the same century

Statistics for sign manual

Cite this Entry

“Sign manual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

Comments on sign manual

What made you want to look up sign manual? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

February 2021 Words of the Day Quiz

  • squirrel in winter
  • Which is a synonym of perdure?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!