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[rej-uh-strahr, rej-uh-strahr] /ˈrɛdʒ əˌstrɑr, ˌrɛdʒ əˈstrɑr/
a person who keeps a record; an official recorder.
an agent of a bank, trust company, or other corporation who is responsible for certifying and registering issues of securities.
an official at a school or college who maintains students' personal and academic records, issues reports of grades, mails out official publications, etc.
Origin of registrar
1350-1400; alteration (see -ar2) of earlier registrary < Medieval Latin registrārius (see register, -ary); replacing earlier registrer, Middle English registrer < Anglo-French (Old French registreur) < Medieval Latin registrātor, equivalent to registrā(re) to register + -tor -tor
Related forms
registrarship, noun
Can be confused
register, registrar. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for registrar


/ˌrɛdʒɪˈstrɑː; ˈrɛdʒɪˌstrɑː/
a person who keeps official records
an administrative official responsible for student records, enrolment procedure, etc, in a school, college, or university
(Brit & NZ) a hospital doctor senior to a houseman but junior to a consultant, specializing in either medicine (medical registrar) or surgery (surgical registrar)
(Austral) the chief medical administrator of a large hospital
(mainly US) a person employed by a company to maintain a register of its security issues
Derived Forms
registrarship, noun
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Word Origin and History for registrar

1670s, shortening of registrary (1540s), from Medieval Latin registrarius "one who keeps a record" (related to register (n.)). Earlier were registerer (mid-15c.), registrer (late 14c.).

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registrar in Medicine

registrar reg·is·trar (rěj'ĭ-strär', rěj'ĭ-strär')
An admitting officer in a hospital.

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