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 Formerly, a chief clerk in the Court of King's Bench and in the Court of Common Pleas, now superseded by the master.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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  • prothonotary — pro·thon·o·ta·ry /prə thä nə ˌter ē, ˌprō thə nä tə rē/ n pl ries [Late Latin protonotarius, from proto first in time + Latin notarius stenographer]: a chief clerk of any of various courts of law pro·thon·o·tar·i·al /prə ˌthä nə ter ē əl/ adj… …   Law dictionary

  • prothonotary — mid 15c., principal clerk of a court, from L.L. prothonotarius (c.400), from Gk. protonotarios first scribe, originally the recorder of the court of the Byzantine empire, from protos first + L. notarius (see NOTARY (Cf. notary)). The h appeared… …   Etymology dictionary

  • prothonotary — [prō thän′ə ter΄ē, prō΄thə nōt′ər ē] n. pl. prothonotaries [ME < ML prothonotarius < LL(Ec) protonotarius: see PROTO & NOTARY] 1. Now Rare a chief clerk in some law courts 2. R.C.Ch. any of the seven members of the College of Prothonotaries …   English World dictionary

  • Prothonotary — The word prothonotary is recorded in English since 1447, as principal clerk of a court, from L.L. prothonotarius (c.400), from Greek protonotarios first scribe, originally the chief of the college of recorders of the court of the Byzantine empire …   Wikipedia

  • prothonotary — /proʊθəˈnoʊtəri/ (say prohthuh nohtuhree), /proʊˈθɒnətri/ (say proh thonuhtree) noun (plural prothonotaries) 1. one of the principal officials of a Supreme Court, who has a responsibility to issue writs, and also has some judicial powers. 2. Also …   Australian-English dictionary

  • prothonotary — var. of PROTONOTARY. * * * prothonotary etc., var. protonotary, etc …   Useful english dictionary

  • prothonotary — or protonotary noun (plural ries) Etymology: Middle English prothonotarie, from Late Latin protonotarius, from prot + Latin notarius stenographer more at notary public Date: 15th century a chief clerk of any of various courts of law •… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prothonotary — prothonotarial /proh thon euh tair ee euhl, proh theuh noh tair /, adj. /proh thon euh ter ee, proh theuh noh teuh ree/, n., pl. prothonotaries. 1. a chief clerk or official in certain courts of law. 2. Rom. Cath. Ch. a. any of the seven members… …   Universalium

  • prothonotary — noun A chief clerk of one of various courts of law …   Wiktionary

  • Prothonotary — The name used in some states, ( e.g., Pennsylvania) for the public official responsible for receiving and maintaining public notices of liens such as financing statements. Usually a county official. American Banker Glossary …   Financial and business terms

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