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[noh-tuh-ree] /ˈnoʊ tə ri/
noun, plural notaries.
Origin of notary
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk, equivalent to not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary
Related forms
notaryship, noun Unabridged
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  • His father, who died when Leibniz was only six years old, was a professor in the university and a notary of considerable practice.

  • My attorneys and a notary are in the next room with the papers necessary.

    Athalie Robert W. Chambers
  • Catspaw told me that the notary has not a rag of paper to prove his noble descent by.

    The Village Notary Jzsef Etvs
  • Or without a contract written by a notary, signed, sealed, and delivered!

    The Golden Dog William Kirby
  • For that matter, I can recommend you a house that belonged to the notary's brother.

  • That very night Gaston made his will, and deposited it with a notary at Nantes.

    The Regent's Daughter Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
  • In the evenings, to augment our scanty revenues, I worked at copying law papers for a notary.

    The Widow Lerouge Emile Gaboriau
  • I must write to the notary at Montbars to raise some money on my vineyard.

    The Nabob, Vol. 2 (of 2) Alphonse Daudet
British Dictionary definitions for notary


noun (pl) -ries
a notary public
(formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
(archaic) a clerk or secretary
Derived Forms
notarial (nəʊˈtɛərɪəl) adjective
notarially, adverb
notaryship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note
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Word Origin and History for notary

c.1300, "clerk, secretary," from Old French notarie "scribe, clerk, secretary" (12c.) and directly from Latin notarius "shorthand writer, clerk, secretary," from notare, "to note," from nota "shorthand character, letter, note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "person authorized to attest contracts, etc." is from mid-14c.; especially in notary public (late 15c.), which has the French order of subject-adjective. Related: Notarial.

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