noun, plural no·ta·ries.

Origin of notary

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk, equivalent to not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary
Related formsno·ta·ry·ship, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of notary

  • He will then hire a car to take the notary public to the prison on the day of the wedding.

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    Wedding Bells for Joran van der Sloot

    Andrea Zarate, Barbie Latza Nadeau

    June 13, 2014

  • Also in on the Davis con were Lydia Eileen Pearce, one of the owners of the Steward-Pearce Mortuary, and notary Barbara Ann Lynn.

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    The Granny Faked Funeral Case

    Christine Pelisek

    January 18, 2011

Historical Examples of notary

British Dictionary definitions for notary


noun plural -ries

a notary public
(formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
archaic a clerk or secretary
Derived Formsnotarial (nəʊˈtɛərɪəl), adjectivenotarially, adverbnotaryship, noun

Word Origin for notary

C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note
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Word Origin and History for notary

c.1300, "clerk, secretary," from Old French notarie "scribe, clerk, secretary" (12c.) and directly from Latin notarius "shorthand writer, clerk, secretary," from notare, "to note," from nota "shorthand character, letter, note" (see note (v.)). Meaning "person authorized to attest contracts, etc." is from mid-14c.; especially in notary public (late 15c.), which has the French order of subject-adjective. Related: Notarial.

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