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noun, plural no·ta·ries.
  1. notary public.
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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
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noun plural -ries
  1. a notary public
  2. (formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
  3. archaic a clerk or secretary
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Derived Formsnotarial (nəʊˈtɛərɪəl), adjectivenotarially, adverbnotaryship, noun

Word Origin

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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