[proh-thon-uh-ter-ee, proh-thuh-noh-tuh-ree]
noun, plural prothonotaries.
a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law.
Roman Catholic Church.
any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
an honorary title for certain other prelates.
Greek Orthodox Church. the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, Late Latin prōtonotārius < Greek prōtonotā́rios. See proto-, notary

prothonotarial [proh-thon-uh-tair-ee-uhl, proh-thuh-noh-tair-] , adjective Unabridged
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prothonotary or protonotary (ˌprəʊθəˈnəʊtərɪ, -trɪ, prəʊˈθɒnə-)
n , pl -taries
(formerly) a chief clerk in certain law courts
[C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho-proto- + Late Latin notāriusnotary]
protonotary or protonotary
[C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho-proto- + Late Latin notāriusnotary]
prothonotarial or protonotary
protono'tarial or protonotary

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Word Origin & History

1447, "principal clerk of a court," from L.L. prothonotarius (c.400), from Gk. protonotarios "first scribe," originally the recorder of the court of the Byzantine empire, from protos "first" + L. notarius (see notary). The -h- appeared in M.L.
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Example sentences
For birders, the great prothonotary show has apparently ended.
If the process server does not e-file then the prothonotary office charges to do it for the process server.
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