One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A seal used for the authentication of state documents of the highest importance, held by the Secretary of State.
- ‘The Chancellor's Department dealt with the judiciary and it was also the custodian of the Great Seal to authenticate government decrees.’
- ‘Originally, its holder was responsible for the monarch's personal seal (as opposed to the Great Seal of state, which is in the care of the Lord Chancellor).’
- ‘It is recorded that in this Gallery in 1587 she conferred the Great Seal of England on Sir Christopher Hatton, making him her Lord Chancellor.’
- ‘But the crowd was unconvinced; the real Edward must prove his claim to the crown: for weeks the Great Seal had been missing, and the true Prince of Wales would know where it was.’
- ‘Two hundred and twenty years ago - on June 20, 1782-the bald eagle became an American icon when the Second Continental Congress decided to use its image on The Great Seal.’
- ‘In front of the mogul are a vinyl binder embossed with the Great Seal of the United States, a White House pen and pencil set, and a White House coffee mug.’
- ‘Whatever you think of the demise of Hatton's office 400 years later, this week you can visit the house in Croydon where he received his Great Seal.’
- ‘Patriotism, for example, is revealed in early nineteenth-century weather vanes and textiles that include American flags, figures of Liberty, and the Great Seal.’
- ‘Here the front and back of the Great Seal of the United States are on either side of a ‘ONE’ in large letters at the center of the rectangular design.’
- ‘This special day not only celebrates the anniversary of the image of the bald eagle being adopted for The Great Seal of the United States, but also focuses awareness on the national bird's welfare.’
- ‘Knighted that year, he was appointed to a succession of posts which, like his father, culminated in the Keeper of the Great Seal.’
- ‘We nodded, and he handed us our pink and blue marriage certificate, stamped with the Great Seal of the State of California.’
- ‘The Great Seal depicts a sailing ship like that which carried the American settlers to Africa, a palm tree, and a plow and ax with the motto ‘The Love of Liberty Brought Us Here.’’
- ‘The front cover featured only the Great Seal of the State of Montana.’
- ‘The Registrar General is appointed under the Great Seal.’
Great Seal/ˌɡrāt ˈsē(ə)l/
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