[ proh-thon-uh-ter-ee, proh-thuh-noh-tuh-ree ]
/ proʊˈθɒn əˌtɛr i, ˌproʊ θəˈnoʊ tə ri /

noun, plural pro·thon·o·tar·ies.

a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law.
Roman Catholic Church.
  1. any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
  2. an honorary title for certain other prelates.
Greek Orthodox Church. the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.

Origin of prothonotary

1400–50; late Middle English < Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, Late Latin prōtonotārius < Greek prōtonotā́rios. See proto-, notary

Related forms

pro·thon·o·tar·i·al [proh-thon-uh-tair-ee-uh l, proh-thuh-noh-tair-] /proʊˌθɒn əˈtɛər i əl, ˌproʊ θə noʊˈtɛər-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prothonotary



/ (ˌprəʊθəˈnəʊtərɪ, -trɪ, prəʊˈθɒnə-) /

noun plural -taries

(formerly) a chief clerk in certain law courts

Derived Forms

prothonotarial (prəʊˌθɒnəˈtɛərɪəl) or protonotarial, adjective

Word Origin for prothonotary

C15: from Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, from prōtho- proto- + Late Latin notārius notary
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