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[rej-uh-strahr, rej-uh-strahr]
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  1. a person who keeps a record; an official recorder.
  2. an agent of a bank, trust company, or other corporation who is responsible for certifying and registering issues of securities.
  3. an official at a school or college who maintains students' personal and academic records, issues reports of grades, mails out official publications, etc.
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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
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Historical Examples of registrar

  • Did she tell you she had the joyful sanction of the registrar?

    Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus

    Jessie Graham Flower

  • What was said in the registrar's office, Emma, or aren't you at liberty to tell me?

  • We would never have dreamed of defying the registrar, would we, Emma?

  • It is rather too late in the day for you to see the registrar.

  • A marriage in a church is a lot prettier than one in a Registrar's office!

    Changing Winds

    St. John G. Ervine

British Dictionary definitions for registrar


  1. a person who keeps official records
  2. an administrative official responsible for student records, enrolment procedure, etc, in a school, college, or university
  3. 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)
  4. Australian the chief medical administrator of a large hospital
  5. mainly US a person employed by a company to maintain a register of its security issues
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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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

registrar in Medicine


(rĕjĭ-strär′, rĕj′ĭ-strär)
  1. An admitting officer in a hospital.
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