signet ring


: a finger ring engraved with a signet, seal, or monogram : seal ring

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Patent-leather lace-up shoes, also by Fendi, a signet ring by David Yurman and Omega’s De Ville Tresor Master Co-Axial Chronometer completed his look. Laurie Brookins, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Mar. 2023 To prove his identity, DeSnake had cryptographically signed the message with his PGP key—a method to show that the writer of the message possessed the long, secret series of characters that only DeSnake had access to, like a king stamping a letter with a personal signet ring. Andy Greenberg, WIRED, 29 Nov. 2022 As for jewelry, pearl earrings and a signet ring are forever items with a preppy vibe. Jaclyn Alexandra Cohen, Harper's BAZAAR, 22 Mar. 2023 In a short clip posted by nail artist Marina Dobyk, the Euphoria star shows off her pale pink mani and wears a gold signet ring on her pointer finger. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 21 Mar. 2023 The pinky signet ring is a classic—but with a little sparkle? Town & Country, 16 Feb. 2023 Featuring a mother-of-pearl stone, this gold signet ring is full of impact. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 3 Feb. 2023 The word bill derives from bulla, which in medieval Latin referred to a seal on a document, such as wax stamped by a signet ring. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, 20 Feb. 2023 The bodyguard finds Malcolm's signet ring in Joe's pocket, presumably slipped there by someone who bumped into him at the funeral or on the street. Sara Netzley,, 9 Feb. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of signet ring was in 1542

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“Signet ring.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

signet ring

: a malaria parasite in an intracellular developmental stage in which the nucleus is peripheral and the cytoplasm somewhat attenuated and annular

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