notary public

noun no·ta·ry public \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


Next Word in the Dictionary: notaryshipPrevious Word in the Dictionary: notarizeAll Words Near: notary public
May 25, 2015
callithump Hear it
a noisy boisterous band or parade
Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears