[ dey-tuh-ree ]

noun,plural da·ta·ries.Roman Catholic Church.
  1. the office of the Curia Romana that investigates candidates for papal benefices.

  2. the cardinal who heads this office.

Origin of datary

1520–30; <Medieval Latin *datāria the office (where documents were dated); datārius the officer (who gave the dates), equivalent to Late Latin dat(a) date1 + Latin -āria, -ārius-ary

Other words from datary

  • sub·da·ta·ry, noun, plural sub·da·ta·ries.

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British Dictionary definitions for datary


/ (ˈdeɪtərɪ) /

nounplural -ries
  1. RC Church the head of the dataria (deɪˈtɛərɪə), the papal office that assesses candidates for benefices reserved to the Holy See

Origin of datary

C16: from Medieval Latin datārius official who dated papal letters, from Late Latin data date 1

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