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[rej-uh-stree] /ˈrɛdʒ ə stri/
noun, plural registries.
the act of registering; registration.
a place where a register is kept; an office of registration.
register (defs 1, 2).
the state of being registered.
the nationality of a merchant ship as shown on its register.
Origin of registry
1475-85; regist(er) + -ry Unabridged
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Examples from the web for registry
  • The trend toward multiple showers means that a guest may return to a couple's registry several times.
  • Conveniently for the couple and the guests, many sites offer an online registry.
  • Can be bought in any silver pattern and put on order at the bridal registry at cooperating department stores.
  • Each organization should maintain an online registry of certified sites.
  • Instead of a traditional registry, they have asked well-wishers to make gifts to a list of twenty-six charities.
  • The two-tier household registry system must be abolished.
  • Forget fiddling with the registry or the valet parking.
  • There is no proper land registry, detailing the physical boundaries of each piece of land.
  • Most damaging of all has been a row over a new federal gun registry.
  • The bill proposes a new land registry based on testimony by the displaced and their neighbours.
British Dictionary definitions for registry


noun (pl) -tries
a place where registers are kept, such as the part of a church where the bride and groom sign a register after a wedding
the registration of a ship's country of origin: a ship of Liberian registry
another word for registration
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Word Origin and History for registry

late 15c., "act of registering;" see register + -y (1). Meaning "book of record" is from 1620s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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registry in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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