notary public

no·ta·ry public

noun \ˈnō-tə-rē-\

law : a person who has the authority to act as an official witness when legal documents are signed

plural notaries public or notary publics

Full Definition of NOTARY PUBLIC

:  a public officer who attests or certifies writings (as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper —called also notary


Middle English notary clerk, notary public, from Latin notarius clerk, secretary, from notarius of shorthand, from nota note, shorthand character
First Known Use: 15th century


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