pro·​tho·​no·​ta·​ry | \ prō-ˈthä-nə-ˌter-ē How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) , ˌprō-thə-ˈnō-tə-rē How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) \
variants: or protonotary \ prō-​ˈtä-​nə-​ˌter-​ē How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) , ˌprō-​tə-​ˈnō-​tə-​rē \
plural prothonotaries

Definition of prothonotary

: a chief clerk of any of various courts of law

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Other Words from prothonotary

prothonotarial \ prō-​ˌthä-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​əl How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) , ˌpro-​thə-​nō-​ˈter-​ē-​əl \ adjective

Examples of prothonotary in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blew is tasked with facilitating naturalization ceremonies in York County, Pennsylvania, as the county's prothonotary -- a clerk who handles civil matters. Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, 4 June 2020

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First Known Use of prothonotary

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for prothonotary

Middle English prothonotarie, from Late Latin protonotarius, from prot- + Latin notarius stenographer — more at notary public

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The first known use of prothonotary was in the 15th century

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“Prothonotary.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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pro·​thon·​o·​ta·​ry | \ prə-ˈthä-nə-ˌter-ē, ˌprō-thə-ˈnä-tə-rē How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) \
plural prothonotaries

Legal Definition of prothonotary

: a chief clerk of any of various courts of law

Other Words from prothonotary

prothonotarial \ prə-​ˌthä-​nə-​ˈter-​ē-​əl How to pronounce prothonotary (audio) \ adjective

History and Etymology for prothonotary

Late Latin protonotarius, from proto- first in time + Latin notarius stenographer


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