apparitor

noun
ap·​par·​i·​tor | \ ə-ˈper-ə-tər How to pronounce apparitor (audio) , -ˈpa-rə \

Definition of apparitor

: an official formerly sent to carry out the orders of a magistrate, judge, or court

First Known Use of apparitor

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for apparitor

Middle English aparitor, apparytour "court officer," borrowed from Medieval Latin appāritor "royal official, attendant," going back to Latin, "attendant on a magistrate, servant, clerk," from appāri-, variant stem of appārēre "to be visible, be evident, attend, serve" + -tor, agent suffix — more at appear

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“Apparitor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/apparitor. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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