[ prok-yuh-rey-ter ]
/ ˈprɒk yəˌreɪ tər /


Roman History. any of various imperial officials with fiscal or administrative powers.
a cellarer.
a person, as a deputy, attorney, or agent, employed to manage the affairs of another.

Nearby words

  1. procumbent,
  2. procurable,
  3. procuracy,
  4. procurance,
  5. procuration,
  6. procurator fiscal,
  7. procuratory,
  8. procure,
  9. procurement,
  10. procurer

Origin of procurator

1250–1300; Middle English < Latin prōcūrātor manager. See procuration, -tor

Related formsproc·u·ra·tor·ate, proc·u·ra·tor·ship, nounproc·u·ra·to·ri·al [prok-yer-uh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌprɒk yər əˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, proc·u·ra·to·ry, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for procuratory


/ (ˈprɒkjʊrətərɪ) /


law authorization to act on behalf of someone else


/ (ˈprɒkjʊˌreɪtə) /


(in ancient Rome) a civil official of the emperor's administration, often employed as the governor of a minor province or as a financial agent
rare a person engaged and authorized by another to manage his affairs
Derived Formsprocuracy (ˈprɒkjʊrəsɪ) or procuratorship, nounprocuratorial (ˌprɒkjʊrəˈtɔːrɪəl) or procuratory (ˈprɒkjʊrətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for procurator

C13: from Latin: a manager, from prōcūrāre to attend to

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Word Origin and History for procuratory



(c.1300) "steward or manager of a household;" also "a provider" (late 13c. as a surname), from Old French procuratour "attorney, agent, proxy, spokesman" (13c., Modern French procurateur) or directly from Latin procurator "manager, overseer, agent, deputy," agent noun from past participle stem of procurare (see procure). Related: Procuracy; procuration; procuratory.

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