seal


seal
{{11}}seal (n.1) "design stamped on wax," early 13c., from O.Fr. seel (Fr. sceau), from V.L. *sigellum (source of It. suggello, Sp. sello; also O.Fris., M.H.G. sigel, Ger. Siegel), from L. sigillum "small picture, engraved figure, seal," dim. of signum "mark, token" (see SIGN (Cf. sign)). An earlier borrowing directly from Latin is represented by O.E. insigel.
{{12}}seal (n.2) mammal with flippers, O.E. seolh "seal," from P.Gmc. *selkhaz (Cf. O.N. selr, Swed. sjöl, M.L.G. sel, M.Du. seel, O.H.G. selah), of unknown origin, perhaps a borrowing from Finnic. Seal point "dark brown marking on a Siamese cat" is recorded from 1934, from the dark brown color of seal fur; Cf. seal brown "rich, dark brown color," by 1875.
{{12}}seal (v.) "to fasten with (or as with) a seal," early 13c., from SEAL (Cf. seal) (n.1). Meaning "to place a seal on (a document)" is recorded from mid-14c.; sense of "to close up with wax, lead, cement, etc." is attested from 1660s, from the notion of wax seals on envelopes. Related: Sealed; sealing. Sealing-wax is attested from c.1300. To seal one's fate (1810) probably reflects the notion of a seal on an execution warrant.

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