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 (prō-tŏn′ə-tĕr′ē, prō′tə-nō′tə-rē)
Variant of prothonotary.


(proʊˈθɒn əˌtɛr i, ˌproʊ θəˈnoʊ tə ri)

also protonotary

n., pl. -tar•ies.
1. a chief clerk in certain courts of law.
2. Rom. Cath. Ch.
a. one of a body of officials in the papal curia assigned solemn clerical duties.
b. an honorary title for certain other prelates.
[1400–50; < Medieval Latin prōthonotārius, Late Latin prōtonotārius < Greek prōtonotarios. See proto-, notary]
pro•thon`o•tar′i•al (-ˈtɛər i əl) adj.
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As a technical matter, there are three grades of monsignors: apostolic protonotaries, honorary prelates of His Holiness, and chaplains of His Holiness.
Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, who was extremely fond of him, accorded him the broadest privileges for creating honorary Apostolic Protonotaries, bestowing doctorates, and legitimizing bastards.
The seven notaries of the Holy See who were protonotaries, a sought-after rank, had duties related to the issue of consistorial benefices, and they took substantial fees for their notarial acts (Partner, 1990, 4, 21-22).