Definition of seals of office in English:

seals of office

plural noun

  • (in the UK) engraved seals held during tenure of an official position, especially that of Lord Chancellor or Secretary of State, and symbolizing the office held:

    ‘he was encouraged to delay surrendering the seals of office’
    • ‘He will be presented with the seals of office and officially become prime minister.’
    • ‘The King passed over the seals of office and the keys of the Prime Minister's dispatch box.’
    • ‘The seals of office, which half a dozen of our rulers have just surrendered to, or received from, the Queen, are small metal stamps in velvet cases.’