noun, plural notaries.

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk, equivalent to not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary

notaryship, noun Unabridged
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notary (ˈnəʊtərɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  a notary public
2.  (formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
3.  archaic a clerk or secretary
[C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "clerk, secretary," from O.Fr. notarie, from L. notarius "shorthand writer, clerk, secretary," from notare, "to note," from nota "shorthand character, letter, note" (see note). Meaning "person authorized to attest contracts, etc." is from 1340; esp. in notary public
(1494), which has the Fr. order of subject-adj.
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Example sentences
Buyers must hire a notary to complete a sale, he explained.
The buyer and seller also owe fees to the notary who handles the sale.
When you buy real estate, you need a lawyer and a notary.
You're much better off with your own agreement witnessed by a notary.
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