One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(in the UK) a senior cabinet minister without specified official duties.
- ‘In 1959 he became Minister of Labour then Lord Privy Seal at the Foreign Office.’
- ‘The Lord Privy Seal or Lord Keeper of the Privy Seal is one of the traditional sinecure offices in the British Cabinet.’
- ‘At the Restoration, however, he received a number of honours and was made Lord Privy Seal in 1661.’
- ‘Richard Fox was an English churchman, successively Bishop of Exeter, Bath and Wells, Durham, and Winchester, Lord Privy Seal, and founder of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.’
- ‘The House entering into Debate of this Business, appointed the Lord Privy Seal, the Earl of Bridgwater, the Earl of Shaftsbury, and the Lord Holles, to draw and pen an Order, in this extraordinary Case, to declare the Sense and Resolution of the House according to the Debate, and for the bringing these Persons before this House To-morrow Morning, to be released.’
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