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prothonotary

[proh-thon-uh-ter-ee, proh-thuh-noh-tuh-ree] /proʊˈθɒn əˌtɛr i, ˌproʊ θəˈnoʊ tə ri/
noun, plural prothonotaries.
1.
a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law.
2.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
  2. an honorary title for certain other prelates.
3.
Greek Orthodox Church. the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.
Also, protonotary.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, Late Latin prōtonotārius < Greek prōtonotā́rios. See proto-, notary
Related forms
prothonotarial
[proh-thon-uh-tair-ee-uh l, proh-thuh-noh-tair-] /proʊˌθɒn əˈtɛər i əl, ˌproʊ θə noʊˈtɛər-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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Examples for prothonotary
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for prothonotary

prothonotary

/ˌprəʊθəˈnəʊtərɪ; -trɪ; prəʊˈθɒnə-/
noun (pl) -taries
1.
(formerly) a chief clerk in certain law courts
Derived Forms
prothonotarial (prəʊˌθɒnəˈtɛərɪəl), protonotarial, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho-proto- + Late Latin notāriusnotary
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Word Origin and History for prothonotary
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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