[ dey-tuh-ree ]
/ ˈdeɪ tə ri /
noun, plural da·ta·ries. Roman Catholic Church.
the office of the Curia Romana that investigates candidates for papal benefices.
the cardinal who heads this office.
Origin of datary
Related formssub·da·ta·ry, noun, plural sub·da·ta·ries.
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Examples from the Web for datary
Man′datary, Man′datory, one to whom a mandate is given by a Man′dator.
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)
British Dictionary definitions for datary
/ (ˈdeɪtərɪ) /
noun plural -ries
RC Church the head of the dataria (deɪˈtɛərɪə), the papal office that assesses candidates for benefices reserved to the Holy See
Word Origin for datary
C16: from Medieval Latin datārius official who dated papal letters, from Late Latin data date 1
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