signation

noun

sig·​na·​tion
sigˈnāshən
plural -s
1
: the act of making the sign of the cross
2
obsolete : a distinguishing mark

Word History

Etymology

Late Latin signation-, signatio, from signatus (past participle of signare to make the sign of the cross, from Latin, to mark, seal) + Latin -ion-, -io -ion

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of signation was in 1607

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“Signation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/signation. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

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