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noun, plural char·tu·lar·ies.
  1. a register of charters, title deeds, etc.
  2. an archivist.
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Also cartulary.

Origin of chartulary

1565–75; < Medieval Latin chartulārium, equivalent to Latin chartul(a) charter + -ārium -ary
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Historical Examples of chartulary

  • The same author has called attention to some obituary notes in the calendar prefixed to the Chartulary of Derley abbey.

    The Great Pestilence (A.D. 1348-9)

    Francis Aidan Gasquet

  • The documents of which the chartulary is composed are of high interest, and commence in the eighth century.

British Dictionary definitions for chartulary


noun plural -laries
  1. a variant of cartulary
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Word Origin and History for chartulary


"collection of charters," from Medieval Latin chartularium, from Latin chartula (see charter (n.)).

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