protonotary

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pro·ton·o·tar·y

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

pro•thon•o•tar•y

(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.
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).