protonotary apostolic

noun pro·ton·o·tary apostolic \ prə-ˈtä-nə-ˌter-ē- , prō-tə-ˈnä-tə-rē- \
variants: or prothonotary apostolic play \prə-ˈthä-nə-ˌter-ē-, ˌprō-thə-ˈnä-tə-rē-\

Definition of protonotary apostolic

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

First Known Use of protonotary apostolic

1682

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