de·​pos·​i·​tary di-ˈpä-zə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce depositary (audio)
plural depositaries
: a person to whom something is entrusted

Examples of depositary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As of Thursday morning, when the government of Hungary presented its formal ratification to the depositary at the U.S. State Department, Sweden became bound to the Atlantic alliance and vice versa. New York Daily News Editorial Board, New York Daily News, 11 Mar. 2024 The assistance includes securing the records and speaking with the depositary and the custodian. Laxmi Corp, The Salt Lake Tribune, 11 Sep. 2023 The final step in Finland's accession to NATO comes today when Turkey — the final member to give it approval — hands its letter of acceptance to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at NATO headquarters, as the United States is the depositary of NATO’s founding documents. Jamie McIntyre, Washington Examiner, 4 Apr. 2023 Third, after the Roman Empire collapsed, formal monogamy was maintained and reinforced by the Christian Church--which was also spreading viticulture around Europe and which became the depositary of breweries and winemaking techniques. Jennifer Welsh, Discover Magazine, 29 Dec. 2010 See all Example Sentences for depositary 

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Word History

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of depositary was in 1605

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“Depositary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


de·​pos·​i·​tary di-ˈpä-zə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce depositary (audio)
plural depositaries
: an individual or entity (as a business organization) that holds a deposit
the depositary ought to restore the precise object which he receivedLouisiana Civil Code
also : depository

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