Prothonotary

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Prothonotary A chief notary or clerk. "My private prothonotary ."
    • Prothonotary A register or chief clerk of a court in certain States of the United States.
    • Prothonotary Formerly, a chief clerk in the Court of King's Bench and in the Court of Common Pleas, now superseded by the master.
    • Prothonotary (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.
    • Prothonotary (Gr. Ch) The chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n prothonotary A chief notary or clerk.
    • n prothonotary Specifically — Originally, the chief of the notaries; now, in the Roman Catholic Church, one of a college of twelve (formerly seven) ecclesiastics charged with the registry of acts, proceedings relating to canonization, etc.
    • n prothonotary In the Gr. Ch., the chief secretary of the patriarch of Constantinople, who superintends the secular-work of the provinces.
    • n prothonotary In law, a chief clerk of court; formerly, a chief clerk in the Court of Common Pleas and in the King's Bench.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Prothonotary prō-thon′ō-ta-ri a chief notary or clerk: one of the chief secretaries of the chancery at Rome: a chief clerk or registrar of a court, in certain of the United States—also Proton′otary
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
LL. protonotarius, fr. Gr. prw^tos first + L. notarius, a shorthand writer, a scribe: cf. F. protonotaire,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Late L.,—Gr. prōtos, first, L. notarius, a clerk.

Usage

In literature:

See the troubles of the year 1484, and the death of the prothonotary Colonna, in tom.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 6" by Edward Gibbon
See the troubles of the year 1484, and the death of the prothonotary Colonna, in tom.
"The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 6" by Edward Gibbon
Pantagruel asked Double-fee of what breed was that prothonotary, and what name they gave him.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Pantagruel asked Double-fee of what breed was that prothonotary, and what name they gave him.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Perhaps Mr. Singer may be able to communicate some tidings respecting the Apostolic Prothonotary Simon Hess, of whom I have casually spoken.
"Notes & Queries, No. 40, Saturday, August 3, 1850" by Various
The attorney-general, registers, and prothonotaries are appointed for five years, removable in like manner.
"The Government Class Book" by Andrew W. Young
I speeded to the prothonotary's office, which was kept in the village, and quickly ascertained the truth of Hadwin's pretensions.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
He was a prothonotary of the Church.
"Lucretia Borgia" by Ferdinand Gregorovius
Portrait of Prothonotary Giuliano.
"The Venetian Painters of the Renaissance" by Bernhard Berenson
THE PROTHONOTARY, OR GOLDEN SWAMP WARBLER.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
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In news:

For example, he had told the committee in private how Mr Hiss and his wife, Priscilla, were birdwatchers and had once excitedly recounted how they had spotted a rare prothonotary warbler.
Prothonotary Warblers in the Okefenokee Swamp .
Little93, worked for prothonotary 's office.
Steven Bullock of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, photographed this Prothonotary Warbler on Alabama's Dauphin Island.
When Bullock arrived in mid-April, locals told him he was about a week too late to see a Prothonotary (Protonotaria citrea).
Prothonotary office failed to process filing in slip-and-fall suit.
A Kulpmont couple and Northumberland County's prothonotary are entangled in a legal dispute over the filing of a slip-and-fall lawsuit.
Mifflin County Prothonotary and Clerk of Courts Patti Burke recently announced she will not seek re-election when her term of office expires at the end of 2011.
The Elk County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a proposal for new software to help streamline services at the prothonotary's office.
Photo by Joseph Bell – Susanne Straub Schneider, the county's prothonotary, discusses new software for the prothonotary's office Tuesday morning during a Board of Commissioners meeting.
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