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A piece of wax, lead, or other material with an individual design stamped into it, attached to a document to show that it has come from the person who claims to have issued it. Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from Latin sigillum ‘small picture’, diminutive of signum ‘a sign’.

seals of office in the UK, are engraved seals held during tenure of an official position, especially that of Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State, and symbolizing the office held.

seal of the confessional in the Catholic Church, the obligation on a priest not to disclose any part of a person's confession.

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