Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A seal; a signet.
  • n. A sign or an image considered magical.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A seal, signature or signet.
  • n. A sign, image or symbol considered to be magical.
  • n. A nonalphanumeric character affixed to a symbol (e.g. variable) to indicate a property such as type or scope.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A seal; a signature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A seal; an abbreviated sign or signature; also, an occult stamp, mark, or sign, as in magic or astrology. See signature, 2.

Etymologies

Latin sigillum, diminutive of signum, sign; see sekw-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin sigillum. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • A sigil (pronounced /'sɪdʒ.ɪl/ or /'sɪg.ɪl/; pl. sigilia or sigils) is a symbol created for a specific magical purpose. A sigil is usually made up of a complex combination of several specific symbols or geometric figures each with a specific meaning or intent.

    The term sigil derives from the Latin sigilum meaning "seal," though it may also be related to the Hebrew סגולה (segulah meaning "word, action or item of spiritual effect"). The old Norse binding rune is an example of the idea. A sigil may have an abstract, pictorial or semi-abstract form. It may appear in any medium -- physical, virtual, or mental. Visual symbols are the most popular form, but the use of aural and tactile symbols in magic is not unheard of.

    _Wikipedia

    February 11, 2008