reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈre-jə-ˌsträr \

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

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The company increased sales by more than 10% last year to £828 million ($1.05 billion), filings to the U.K.’s registrar of companies show. Ben Dummett And William Louch, WSJ, "U.S. Buyout Firm Takes Major Stake in U.K. Restaurant Operator Despite Brexit Uncertainty," 7 Jan. 2019 Malloy also vetoed a bill that would allow a town clerk to pick an Election Day registration location if the two registrars of voters disagree. Christopher Keating,, "Gov. Malloy Vetoes School Suspension, Election Day Registration Bills," 7 June 2018 Mahathir said the party had given all necessary documents to the registrar last week. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 5, 2018," 5 Apr. 2018 Since the data comes in from the certificate registrars in near real-time, many sites haven't even been set up yet other than to put the files in place needed to be registered for certificates. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How to win (or at least not lose) the war on phishing? Enlist machine learning," 7 Aug. 2018 In early December 2013, prosecutors said, members of the conspiracy used the same tactic to hack the Australian registrar again, this time to hijack domain names of one of the targeted technology companies. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Feds: Chinese spies orchestrated massive hack that stole aviation secrets," 31 Oct. 2018 Days before the government was ordered to release the new data, Puerto Rico’s Institute of Statistics sued the demographic registrar for the information. Time, "Puerto Rico Has Released New Data Detailing Deaths in the Wake of Hurricane Maria," 14 June 2018 The Sacramento State registrar's records say DeAngelo was awarded a National Defense Service medal, a Vietnam Service Medal (bronze star) and a Vietnam Campaign Medal. Tony Bizjak, Anita Chabria, Dale Kasler, Nashelly Chavez And Diana Lambert, sacbee, "He was quirky and complex. But they never thought the former cop next door could be notorious," 25 Apr. 2018 The amendment gave local voting registrars the power to test applicants on their understanding of the U.S. Constitution. Joseph Crespino, WSJ, "Who Is the Real Atticus Finch?," 22 Mar. 2018

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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

: a doctor who is training at a hospital to become a specialist in a particular field of medicine


reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈrej-ə-ˌsträr \

Medical Definition of registrar

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


reg·​is·​trar | \ ˈre-jə-ˌsträr \

Legal Definition of registrar

: an official recorder or keeper of records

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