Prothonotary Pro*thon"o*ta*ry (pr[-o]*th[o^]n"[-o]*t[als]*r[y^]), or Protonotary Pro*ton"o*ta*ry (pr[-o]*t[o^]n"[-o]*t[als]*r[y^]), n.; pl. {-ries} (pr[-o]*th[o^]n"[-o]*t[als]*r[i^]z). [LL. protonotarius, fr. Gr. prw^tos first + L. notarius a shorthand writer, a scribe: cf. F. protonotaire.] 1. A chief notary or clerk. `` My private prothonotary.'' --Herrick. [1913 Webster]

2. Formerly, a chief clerk in the Court of King's Bench and in the Court of Common Pleas, now superseded by the master. [Eng.] --Wharton. Burrill. [1913 Webster]

3. A register or chief clerk of a court in certain States of the United States. [1913 Webster]

4. (R. C. Ch.) Formerly, one who had the charge of writing the acts of the martyrs, and the circumstances of their death; now, one of twelve persons, constituting a college in the Roman Curia, whose office is to register pontifical acts and to make and preserve the official record of beatifications. [1913 Webster]

5. (Gr. Ch.) The chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople. [1913 Webster]

{Prothonotary warbler} (Zo["o]l.), a small American warbler ({Protonotaria citrea}). The general color is golden yellow, the back is olivaceous, the rump and tail are ash-color, several outer tail feathers are partly white. [1913 Webster]

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  • Protonotary — Pro*ton o*ta*ry, n. Same as {Prothonotary}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • protonotary — [prō tän′ə ter΄ē, prōt΄ə nōt′ər ē] n. pl. protonotaries PROTHONOTARY …   English World dictionary

  • protonotary — n. (pl. ies) (also prothonotary) a chief clerk in some law courts, orig. in the Byzantine court. Phrases and idioms: Protonotary Apostolic (or Apostolical) a member of the college of prelates who register papal acts, direct the canonization of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • protonotary — noun see prothonotary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • protonotary — protonotaryship, n. /proh ton euh ter ee, proht n oh teuh ree/, n., pl. protonotaries. prothonotary. * * * …   Universalium

  • protonotary — noun A variant of prothonotary …   Wiktionary

  • Protonotary — The chief clerk in the court of *chancery. [< Gk. protos = first + Lat. notarius = notary, clerk] …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • protonotary — [ˌprəʊtə nəʊt(ə)ri, prə tɒnət(ə)ri] (also prothonotary) noun (plural protonotaries) chiefly historical a chief clerk in some law courts, originally in the Byzantine court. Origin ME: via med. L. from late Gk prōtonotarios, from prōtos first +… …   English new terms dictionary

  • protonotary — pro•ton•o•tar•y [[t]proʊˈtɒn əˌtɛr i, ˌproʊt nˈoʊ tə ri[/t]] n. pl. tar•ies rel prothonotary …   From formal English to slang

  • protonotary — /proʊtəˈnoʊtəri/ (say prohtuh nohtuhree), /proʊˈtɒnətri/ (say proh tonuhtree) noun (plural protonotaries) → prothonotary …   Australian English dictionary

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