prothonotarial

prothonotary

[proh-thon-uh-ter-ee, proh-thuh-noh-tuh-ree]
noun, plural prothonotaries.
1.
a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
a.
any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
b.
an honorary title for certain other prelates.
3.
Greek Orthodox Church. the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.


Origin:
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
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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
 
n
 
[C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho-proto- + Late Latin notāriusnotary]
 
prothonotarial or protonotary
 
adj
 
protono'tarial or protonotary
 
adj

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prothonotary
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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