protonotary apostolic


pro·​ton·​o·​tary apostolic prə-ˈtä-nə-ˌter-ē- How to pronounce protonotary apostolic (audio) prō-tə-ˈnä-tə-rē- How to pronounce protonotary apostolic (audio)
variants or prothonotary apostolic
prə-ˈthä-nə-ˌter-ē- How to pronounce protonotary apostolic (audio)
plural protonotaries apostolic or prothonotaries apostolic
: a priest of the chief college of the papal curia who keeps records of consistories and canonizations and signs papal bulls
also : an honorary member of this college

Word History

First Known Use

1682, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of protonotary apostolic was in 1682

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“Protonotary apostolic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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