[ 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.


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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


sub·da·ta·ry, noun, plural sub·da·ta·ries. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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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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