- a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law.
- Roman Catholic Church.
- any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
- an honorary title for certain other prelates.
- Greek Orthodox Church. the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.
Origin of prothonotary
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Examples from the Web for prothonotary
This bond was to be filed with the prothonotary of Cambria county.The Johnstown Horror
James Herbert Walker
That day I found the first nest of the prothonotary warbler.Everyday Adventures
A son of his was for many years Prothonotary for the District of Montreal.The Loyalists of Massachusetts
James H. Stark
This was practised to a great extent in the trials of the archbishop of Toledo, of the Prothonotary, and others.
I hoped it was a prothonotary warbler, a bird I had never seen, and about whose notes I knew nothing.Spring notes from Tennessee
- (formerly) a chief clerk in certain law courts
C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho- proto- + Late Latin notārius notary
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Word Origin and History for prothonotary
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