sign manual

noun
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

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First Known Use of sign manual

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

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“Sign manual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sign%20manual. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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