WRITER TO THE SIGNET
\ɹˈa͡ɪtə tə ðə sˈɪɡnɪt], \ɹˈaɪtə tə ðə sˈɪɡnɪt], \ɹ_ˈaɪ_t_ə t_ə ð_ə s_ˈɪ_ɡ_n_ɪ_t]\
Definitions of WRITER TO THE SIGNET
- 1874 - Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language
- 1910 - Black's Law Dictionary (2nd edition)
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In Scot., one of a society of lawyers equal to the highest class of attorneys in England-usually contracted into W.S.
By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H.
In Scotch law. An officer nearly corresponding to anattorney at law, in English and American practice. "Writers to the signet," called also"clerks to the signet" derive their name from the circumstance that they were anciently clerks in the office of the secretary of state, by whom writs were prepared andissued under the royal signet or seal; and, when the signet became employed in judicialproceedings, they obtained a monopoly of the privileges of acting as agents or attorneysbefore the court of session. Brande, voc. "Signet."
By Henry Campbell Black
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