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 for privy signet
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Signet \Sig"net\, n. [OF. signet a signet, F., a bookmark, dim.
     of signe. See Sign, n., and cf. Sennet.]
     A seal; especially, in England, the seal used by the
     sovereign in sealing private letters and grants that pass by
     bill under the sign manual; -- called also privy signet.
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           I had my father's signet in my purse.    --Shak.
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     Signet ring, a ring containing a signet or private seal.
     Writer to the signet (Scots Law), a judicial officer who
        prepares warrants, writs, etc.; originally, a clerk in the
        office of the secretary of state.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Privy \Priv"y\, a. [F. priv['e], fr. L. privatus. See
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     1. Of or pertaining to some person exclusively; assigned to
        private uses; not public; private; as, the privy purse. "
        Privee knights and squires." --Chaucer.
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     2. Secret; clandestine. " A privee thief." --Chaucer.
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     3. Appropriated to retirement; private; not open to the
        public. " Privy chambers." --Ezek. xxi. 14.
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     4. Admitted to knowledge of a secret transaction; secretly
        cognizant; privately knowing.
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              His wife also being privy to it.      --Acts v. 2.
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              Myself am one made privy to the plot. --Shak.
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     Privy chamber, a private apartment in a royal residence.
     Privy council (Eng. Law), the principal council of the
        sovereign, composed of the cabinet ministers and other
        persons chosen by the king or queen. --Burrill.
     Privy councilor, a member of the privy council.
     Privy purse, moneys set apart for the personal use of the
        monarch; also, the title of the person having charge of
        these moneys. [Eng.] --Macaulay.
     Privy seal or Privy signet, the seal which the king uses
        in grants, etc., which are to pass the great seal, or
        which he uses in matters of subordinate consequence which
        do not require the great seal; also, elliptically, the
        principal secretary of state, or person intrusted with the
        privy seal. [Eng.]
     Privy verdict, a verdict given privily to the judge out of
        court; -- now disused. --Burrill.
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