apparitor

apparitor

[uh-par-i-ter]
noun
(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English apparitour < Latin appāritor, equivalent to appāri- (variant stem of appārēre to serve, attend, literally, to be seen; see appear) + -tor -tor

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apparitor (əˈpærɪtə)
 
n
an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court
 
[C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear]

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