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Date: 1600-1700
Language: French
Origin: signalé, past participle of signaler 'to show a difference between', from Old Italian segnalare, from Medieval Latin signale; SIGNAL1

signal

3 adjective
     
signal3 [only before noun] formal
important
signal achievement/success/failure etc
The university has done me the signal honour of making me an Honorary Fellow.

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