• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Protonotary A chief notary or clerk. "My private prothonotary ."
    • Protonotary A register or chief clerk of a court in certain States of the United States.
    • Protonotary Formerly, a chief clerk in the Court of King's Bench and in the Court of Common Pleas, now superseded by the master.
    • Protonotary (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.
    • n Protonotary Same as Prothonotary.
    • Protonotary (Gr. Ch) The chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. protonotarius, fr. Gr. prw^tos first + L. notarius, a shorthand writer, a scribe: cf. F. protonotaire,


In literature:

Among others he took two men who belonged to the Protonotary.
"Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2" by Francis Marion Crawford
Protonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, 15 Henry VIII.
"The Annals of Willenhall" by Frederick William Hackwood
Before this he had been sent by Archbishop Affre to Rome, and had been appointed Roman prelate and protonotary apostolic.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 8" by Various
Go to the protonotary if you want anything!
"The Red Room" by August Strindberg
She walked on with her stately indifference, and when the protonotary addressed her, repelled him with disdain.
"The Making of a Saint" by William Somerset Maugham