notary public

noun

no·​ta·​ry public ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio)
plural notaries public or notary publics
: a public officer who attests or certifies writings (such as a deed) to make them authentic and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable paper

called also notary

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Calloway, who runs a notary public business, said the beating left him with stitches in his head, speech problems and memory loss. CBS News, 25 Oct. 2022 Calloway, who runs a notary public business, said the beating left him with stitches in his head, speech problems and memory loss. CBS News, 25 Oct. 2022 Calloway, who runs a notary public business, said the beating left him with stitches in his head, speech problems and memory loss. CBS News, 25 Oct. 2022 Calloway, who runs a notary public business, said the beating left him with stitches in his head, speech problems and memory loss. Adrian Sainz, ajc, 24 Oct. 2022 Hayes, a notary public from Little Rock, checked the usual suspects — Booking.com, Expedia and a few airline sites — but struck out. Christopher Elliott, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2022 He's became a certified notary public, has been DJing and from time-to-time, picks up a DoorDash route. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 22 July 2022 The annual fee helps to support library programs and events, including the Dictionary Project, Tellebration, notary public services, books for babies, museum passes, pops concerts, college scholarships and more. Hartford Courant, 30 June 2022 Public concerns about similarities with Venezuela led Mr. Petro to publicly sign a document at a notary public pledging not to expropriate. Kejal Vyas, WSJ, 24 May 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Notary public.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/notary%20public. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

notary public

noun

no·​ta·​ry public ˌnōt-ə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio)
plural notaries public or notary publics
: a public officer who witnesses the making of a document (as a deed) and signs it to show that it is authentic

called also notary

Legal Definition

notary public

noun

no·​ta·​ry public ˈnō-tə-rē- How to pronounce notary public (audio)
plural notaries public or notary publics
: a public officer who certifies and attests to the authenticity of writings (as deeds) and takes affidavits, depositions, and protests of negotiable instruments

called also notary

History and Etymology for notary public

Latin notarius stenographer, from nota note, shorthand character

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