letters patent

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letters patent

[′led·ərz ′pat·ənt]
(industrial engineering)
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I will myself put the diamond chain round your neck, and the circlet on your forehead,--which it will become: for nature, at least, has stamped her patent of nobility on this brow, Jane; and I will clasp the bracelets on these fine wrists, and load these fairy- like fingers with rings.
He was entitled to apply for the issue of a Patent of Nobility as Baron at no cost to himself.
The De Gas patent of nobility is, in fact, a false concoction, and it has been shown that the family was descended from bakers.