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[sig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee]
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  1. having signed, or joined in signing, a document: the signatory powers to a treaty.
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noun, plural sig·na·to·ries.
  1. a signer, or one of the signers, of a document: France and Holland were among the signatories of the treaty.
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Origin of signatory

1640–50, in earlier sense “used in affixing seals”; 1860–65 for def 2; < Latin signātōrius of, belonging to sealing, equivalent to signā(re) to mark, seal (see sign) + -tōrius -tory1
Related formsnon·sig·na·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·sig·na·to·ries.
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Related Words for signatories

bystander, spectator, observer, eyewitness, testimony, signatory, endorser, name, stamp, trademark, identification, seal, autograph, ink, watcher, onlooker, registrar, witness, scrivener, recorder

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British Dictionary definitions for signatories


noun plural -ries
  1. a person who has signed a document such as a treaty or contract or an organization, state, etc, on whose behalf such a document has been signed
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  1. having signed a document, treaty, etc
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Word Origin for signatory

C17: from Latin signātōrius concerning sealing, from signāre to seal, from signum a mark
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Word Origin and History for signatories



1640s, "used in sealing," from Latin signatorius "of sealing," from signatus, past participle of signare "to sign" (see sign (v.)). Noun sense of "one who signs" (a treaty, etc.) first recorded 1866.

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