- a judge in a city or borough court.
- (formerly) the legal adviser of a city or borough, with responsibility for keeping a record of legal actions and local customs.
Examples from the Web for recorder
He asked Tabakin to be in the room with him, and he turned on his recorder.
Once I turned on my recorder, Schwarzenegger was off on a ceaseless monologue, touting his book like a sideshow barker.
Walking the red carpet later that night, a blogger tugs my shoulder and pushes a recorder at me.‘White Collar’ Creator Jeff Eastin: My Biggest Con|Jeff Eastin|July 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The recorder was inadvertently left on when the young man had stepped out to have a cigarette.Jerry Sandusky Trial, Day Six: Dottie Defends Her Man|Diane Dimond|June 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
[Pauses, then looks at the recorder] Ummm, The Killers are cool.
Westy kind of giggled and Recorder Van Wort began pounding with his mallet.Roy Blakeley, Lost, Strayed or Stolen|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
The young man Harry—this is the trouble—is only a recorder, a picture-maker, so long as he speaks for himself.The Craft of Fiction|Percy Lubbock
The church in the center was used for spiritual devotion, recorder office and court of justice.Looking Back|Merrick Abner Richardson
He preserves the peace, makes arrests, serves processes, and waits upon the recorder's court.Elements of Civil Government|Alexander L. Peterman
The jury not leaving their box, the Recorder again directed them to retire and re-consider their verdict.Legal Lore|Various
British Dictionary definitions for recorder
Word Origin for recorder
Word Origin and History for recorder
"chief legal officer of a city," early 15c., from Anglo-French recordour (early 14c.), Old French recordeor "witness; storyteller; minstrel," from Medieval Latin recordator, from Latin recordari "remember" (see record (v.)).
Meaning "registering apparatus" is from 1873. The musical instrument is attested by this name from early 15c., from record (v.) in the obsolete sense of "practice a tune." Used by Shakespeare and Milton ("of flutes and soft recorders," "Paradise Lost"). The name, and the device, were rarely heard by mid-1800s, ousted by the flute, but enjoyed a revival after 1911 as an easy-to-play instrument for musical beginners.
Culture definitions for recorder
A wooden flute played like a whistle. It was popular in the fourteenth through eighteenth centuries. Interest in it has been revived over the past few decades.