[rej-uh-strahr, rej-uh-strahr]


a person who keeps a record; an official recorder.
an agent of a bank, trust company, or other corporation who is responsible for certifying and registering issues of securities.
an official at a school or college who maintains students' personal and academic records, issues reports of grades, mails out official publications, etc.


Nearby words

  1. registered nurse,
  2. registered post,
  3. registered representative,
  4. registered trademark,
  5. registrant,
  6. registrate,
  7. registration,
  8. registration document,
  9. registration number,
  10. registration plate

Origin of registrar

1350–1400; alteration (see -ar2) of earlier registrary < Medieval Latin registrārius (see register, -ary); replacing earlier registrer, Middle English registrer < Anglo-French (Old French registreur) < Medieval Latin registrātor, equivalent to registrā(re) to register + -tor -tor

Related formsreg·is·trar·ship, noun

Can be confusedregister registrar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for registrar



a person who keeps official records
an administrative official responsible for student records, enrolment procedure, etc, in a school, college, or university
British and NZ a hospital doctor senior to a houseman but junior to a consultant, specializing in either medicine (medical registrar) or surgery (surgical registrar)
Australian the chief medical administrator of a large hospital
mainly US a person employed by a company to maintain a register of its security issues
Derived Formsregistrarship, noun

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Word Origin and History for registrar



1670s, shortening of registrary (1540s), from Medieval Latin registrarius "one who keeps a record" (related to register (n.)). Earlier were registerer (mid-15c.), registrer (late 14c.).

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Medicine definitions for registrar


[rĕjĭ-strär′, rĕj′ĭ-strär]


An admitting officer in a hospital.

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