- any of the seven members of the college of prothonotaries apostolic, charged chiefly with the registry of pontifical acts and canonizations.
- an honorary title for certain other prelates.
Origin of prothonotary
OTHER WORDS FROM prothonotarypro·thon·o·tar·i·al [proh-thon-uh-tair-ee-uhl, proh-thuh-noh-tair-], /proʊˌθɒn əˈtɛər i əl, ˌproʊ θə noʊˈtɛər-/, adjective
Words nearby prothonotary
How to use prothonotary in a sentence
You turn up your eyes in wonder—the prothonotary of an English court would scarcely sport such a fox-hunter's garb.Bits of Blarney|R. Shelton Mackenzie
Alexander lured the prothonotary to Rome and, having confined him in the castle of S. Angelo, began a process against him.Lucretia Borgia|Ferdinand Gregorovius
I speeded to the prothonotary's office, which was kept in the village, and quickly ascertained the truth of Hadwin's pretensions.Arthur Mervyn|Charles Brockden Brown
Another of this family conspicuous for its brilliant coloring is the prothonotary warbler.
That day I found the first nest of the prothonotary warbler.Everyday Adventures|Samuel Scoville