(in ancient Rome) a subordinate official of a magistrate or of the court.

Origin of apparitor

1250–1300; Middle English apparitour < Latin appāritor, equivalent to appāri- (variant stem of appārēre to serve, attend, literally, to be seen; see appear) + -tor -tor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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an officer who summons witnesses and executes the orders of an ecclesiastical and (formerly) a civil court

Word Origin for apparitor

C15: from Latin: public servant, from appārēre to appear
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