ap·​par·​i·​tor ə-ˈper-ə-tər How to pronounce apparitor (audio)
: an official formerly sent to carry out the orders of a magistrate, judge, or court

Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of apparitor was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Apparitor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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