noun, plural de·pos·i·tar·ies.

one to whom anything is given in trust.


Origin of depositary

1595–1605; < Late Latin dēpositārius a trustee, equivalent to Latin dēposit(us) (see deposit) + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for depositary

guardian, curator, trustee, depositary

Examples from the Web for depositary

Historical Examples of depositary

  • She becomes, in reality, less a discoverer than a depositary of secrets.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • She has not made you the depositary of any other confidences?

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • I became the depositary of his secrets and the mover of his counsels.

    The Pacha of Many Tales

    Frederick Marryat

  • Paul was not only the depositary of the divine counsels, but also of divine affections.

    Elijah the Tishbite

    C. (Charles) H. (Henry) Mackintosh

  • It is a secret which does not belong to me, and of which I am only the depositary.

    The Indian Scout

    Gustave Aimard

British Dictionary definitions for depositary


noun plural -taries

a person or group to whom something is entrusted for safety or preservation
a variant spelling of depository (def. 1)
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