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n. pl. no·ta·ries
A notary public.

[Middle English notarie, from Old French notaire, notarie, from Latin notārius, relating to shorthand, shorthand writer, from nota, mark; see note.]
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n, pl -ries
1. (Law) a notary public
2. (Historical Terms) (formerly) a clerk licensed to prepare legal documents
3. archaic a clerk or secretary
[C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note]
notarial adj
noˈtarially adv
ˈnotaryship n
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(ˈnoʊ tə ri)

n., pl. -ries.
2. Obs. a clerk or secretary.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Latin notārius clerk = not(āre) to note, mark + -ārius -ary]
no′ta•ry•ship`, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.notary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositionsnotary - someone legally empowered to witness signatures and certify a document's validity and to take depositions
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
functionary, official - a worker who holds or is invested with an office
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[ˈnəʊtərɪ] N (also notary public) → notario/a m/f
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[ˈnəʊtəri] n (also notary public) → notaire m
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notary (public)

nNotar(in) m(f); attested by (a) notarynotariell beglaubigt
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[ˈnəʊtərɪ] n (also notary public) → notaio
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Bertuccio," said the count, springing lightly up the three steps of the portico; "and the notary?"
As the steward had said, the notary awaited him in the small salon.
At first there was a great shaking of hands and shuffling of feet, succeeded by the presentation of the nosegay; for a voice, supposed by the listener to be that of Mr Witherden the Notary, was heard to exclaim a great many times, 'oh, delicious!' 'oh, fragrant, indeed!' and a nose, also supposed to be the property of that gentleman, was heard to inhale the scent with a snuffle of exceeding pleasure.
an occasion indeed, ma'am, an occasion which does honour to me, ma'am, honour to me,' rejoined Mr Witherden, the notary. 'I have had many a gentleman articled to me, ma'am, many a one.
The notary made a slight inclination of the head, looked at Ginevra with a sly expression, took out his snuff-box, opened it, and slowly inhaled a pinch, as if seeking for the words with which to open his errand; then, while uttering them, he made continual pauses (an oratorical manoeuvre very imperfectly represented by the printer's dash--).
"Monsieur," he said, "I am Monsieur Roguin, your daughter's notary, and we have come--my colleague and I--to fulfil the intentions of the law and--put an end to the divisions which--appear--to exist--between yourself and Mademoiselle, your daughter,--on the subject--of--her-- marriage with Monsieur Luigi Porta."
"Whereupon one of those that were with him, being (as it seemed) a notary, made an entry of this act.
"So he returned; and a while after came the notary to us aboard our ship, holding in his hand a fruit of that country, like an orange, but of colour between orange-tawny and scarlet, which cast a most excellent odour.
"The justice of the peace died just as our second prosperous epoch began, and luckily for us, his successor had formerly been a notary in Grenoble who had lost most of his fortune by a bad speculation, though enough of it yet remained to cause him to be looked upon in the village as a wealthy man.
"The head clerk of a notary in Grenoble heard of these changes.
For several minutes, a young priest had been listening to the reasoning of the Haudriettes and the sentences of the notary. He had a severe face, with a large brow, a profound glance.
"That," said the galley slave, "is like a man having money at sea when he is dying of hunger and has no way of buying what he wants; I say so because if at the right time I had had those twenty ducats that your worship now offers me, I would have greased the notary's pen and freshened up the attorney's wit with them, so that to-day I should be in the middle of the plaza of the Zocodover at Toledo, and not on this road coupled like a greyhound.