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[noh-tuh-ree] /ˈnoʊ tə ri/
noun, plural notaries.
Origin of notary
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk, equivalent to not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary
Related forms
notaryship, noun Unabridged
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noun (pl) -ries
a notary public
(formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
(archaic) a clerk or secretary
Derived Forms
notarial (nəʊˈtɛərɪəl) adjective
notarially, adverb
notaryship, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note
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Word Origin and History for notary

c.1300, "clerk, secretary," from Old French notarie "scribe, clerk, secretary" (12c.) and directly from Latin notarius "shorthand writer, clerk, secretary," from notare, "to note," from nota "shorthand character, letter, note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "person authorized to attest contracts, etc." is from mid-14c.; especially in notary public (late 15c.), which has the French order of subject-adjective. Related: Notarial.

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