Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceWords & Wordplay · 3 weeks ago

what does "seal" mean?

Hi Guys,

I was watching a historical movie, where there was a flag with the slogan of the kingdom on it, and someone called it seal. does seal  means motto or slogan? and is that common, or is it old fashioned meaning?

9 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago

    A seal is a special mark or design, for example on a document, representing someone or something. It may be used to show that something is genuine or officially approved.

  • D50
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    Take out a dollar bill from your wallet. On the back is the "great seal" of the United States. The seal often includes a motto. Official documents will have that design impressed into wax on the paper of the document. An important official used to be the person who was in charge of the one seal of the government that would be used for all those official papers.

  • A seal means a royal mark that is uniquely associated with the kingdom they are referring to.  In modern times, we call it a trademark. It's like the trademark you see on your garments, accessories, or luxury bags, etc. but of higher or greater importance. 

  • 3 weeks ago

    seal is a design of sorts, an image.  It is literally something that was used to seal letters so that you know they were from the actual authority and had not been tampered with. It is quite common for state flags, or other flags, to employ the seal to basically make the flag the official flag (it has the official seal on it, making it the official flag).  A slogan could be a seal, I suppose, but it would be unusual.  It is often common for the seal to include the official slogan such as "Dirigo" as part of the seal of the state of Maine

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    does seal  means motto or slogan?

    no, it means emblem (if that's an english word)

  • John P
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    In the old days important documents had a seal put upon them. Sealing wax (usually red) was melted onto the document and the metal seal was pressed into into the wax when still soft. The graphic on the seal then appeared in the sealing wax and that authenticated the document. The 'Keeper of the Seal' was an important official, and he kept the seal under lock and key.

    Sometimes documents were folded and the wax and seal applied on the outside, so that nobody could read the document, since it would be obvious if the wax had been broken.  The picture on the flag was obviously the same picture as was on the seal.  I find it unusual for a picture on a flag to be described as seal.

    Note that the act of 'sealing' as I describe above has rather gone into history!

  • 3 weeks ago

    Centuries ago, when a document was made 'official' (like a law or proclamation or deed), they'd pour a little puddle of hot wax at the bottom and then press it with a specially-carved piece of wood or stone.  It was like an official signature.  That was called a seal.

    It was also used to seal envelopes that contained letters or documents, so you could tell they were official.  A king or govt. official might wear a ring that had his coat of arms carved (backwards) in a flat surface, which he used to seal letters.  Nobody else could use it because he wore it!  So you knew the document was from him, it was official.

    The pattern for this seal became symbolic itself.  So you know the picture of the eagle with arrows and olive branches in his talons, that's on the back of a dollar bill?  He has a shield of red/white stripes over his chest, 13 stars over his head, and a banner in his beak that says 'E Pluribus Unim'.  That's the Great Seal of the United States.  When the president speaks to a crowd, or a governor, the seal of the US or of their state is on the front of the lectern, just to show this is an 'official' speech.

    And for some countries, the seal is on their flag.  It often incorporates the nation's motto.  Ours is 'E Pluribus Unim' (which means 'Out of many, one'.)

  • Speed
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    Originally, a seal was a king's ring with a flat surface onto which was carved an emblem representing his authority. When he sent a written message, it would be rolled or folded shut, melted wax dribbled on the seam of the paper, and the king would press the seal into the wax. This certified its authenticity and that it had not been opened before the recipient saw it.

    Those emblems later appeared on flags, banners, and other symbols of the kingdom.

    One seal that's widely known is the fleur de lis from France.

  • Rick
    Lv 6
    3 weeks ago

    the 'royal' seal of the country ...................................

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