- the office of the Curia Romana that investigates candidates for papal benefices.
- the cardinal who heads this office.
Origin of datary
Examples from the Web for datary
Historical Examples of datary
The Pope and his Datary refused to interfere in this ignoble quarrel.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
The Datary has asserted that he meant he should be master over Charlemagne.A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 1 (of 10)
Franois-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
Man′datary, Man′datory, one to whom a mandate is given by a Man′dator.
- RC Church the head of the dataria (deɪˈtɛərɪə), the papal office that assesses candidates for benefices reserved to the Holy See