reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈre-jə-ˌsträr How to pronounce registrar (audio) \

Definition of registrar

: an official recorder or keeper of records: such as
a : an officer of an educational institution responsible for registering students, keeping academic records, and corresponding with applicants and evaluating their credentials
b : an admitting officer at a hospital
c chiefly British : resident sense 3

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Synonyms for registrar


clerk, register, scribe, secretary

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Examples of registrar in a Sentence

got a copy of his transcript from the school's registrar

Recent Examples on the Web

The signatures must be submitted by Aug. 8 to the office of the Alameda County registrar of voters, which has 30 days to verify them. Catherine Ho,, "First San Francisco, now Livermore: Juul fights e-cigarette bans," 17 July 2019 Greece gotcha: The Sea Turtles hacking group breached Greece's top level domain registrar. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "In Apple We Trust—Cyber Saturday," 13 July 2019 The registrar called the police and had Goshdigian and Swarr removed. Rebecca Lurye,, "Hartford registrar of voters penalized for calling police on residents observing absentee ballot counting," 11 July 2019 At a time when state government is demonstrably failing us in life-and-death ways, firing the registrar isn’t leadership; it’s theater. Adrian Walker,, "Who should own the failings of the Registry and the MBTA?," 2 July 2019 Erin Deveney, registrar of motor vehicles, resigned last week. Martin Finucane,, "5 things to know about the RMV scandal," 3 July 2019 The resignation of Erin Deveney, registrar of the Massachusetts RMV, is effective immediately, Massachusetts Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said. Joey Garrison, USA TODAY, "Head of Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles resigns after fatal New Hampshire crash," 26 June 2019 Erin Deveney, registrar for the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, stepped down from her post Tuesday. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Truck driver charged with killing motorcyclists in New Hampshire shouldn't have had a license, Massachusetts official says," 26 June 2019 The delays are due to a lack of foreign currency to import special paper, ink and other materials, as well as machine breakdowns, according to the national passport agency's registrar-general, Clemence Masango. Fox News, "'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports," 16 June 2019

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First Known Use of registrar

1571, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for registrar

alteration of Middle English registrer, from registren to register, from Anglo-French registrer, from Medieval Latin registrare, from registrum

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English Language Learners Definition of registrar

: someone who is in charge of keeping records especially of births, marriages, and deaths
: an officer of a college or university who is in charge of registering students and keeping academic records
British : a doctor who is training at a hospital to become a specialist in a particular field of medicine


reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈrej-ə-ˌsträr How to pronounce registrar (audio) \

Medical Definition of registrar

1 : an admitting officer at a hospital
2 British : resident


reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈre-jə-ˌsträr How to pronounce registrar (audio) \

Legal Definition of registrar

: an official recorder or keeper of records

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