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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Examples of registrar in a Sentence

got a copy of his transcript from the school's registrar
Recent Examples on the Web The case’s history is complicated, as a local dispute over Miller’s voter registration turned into an initial 2015 lawsuit by Miller in state Superior Court against the then-Republican registrar of voters in Brookfield, Thomas Dunkerton. Jon Lender,, "Jon Lender: Susan Bysiewicz settles lawsuit in which she was defendant before being elected lieutenant governor," 7 May 2021 When he was processed through Ellis Island, a registrar changed his name to Matt Anshelm Reed. Star Tribune, "The larger-than-life story of Finnish immigrant Matt Reed," 1 May 2021 So far this year, 784 voters dropped their Republican Party affiliation in Northampton County, compared to 419 leaving the Democratic Party, according to Amy Cozze, the county's chief registrar. Jeff Zeleny, CNN, "How the Biden presidency looks from one pivotal Pennsylvania county, 100 days in," 28 Apr. 2021 In September 2020, with little public announcement, the Richmond registrar’s office moved from City Hall to a location that wasn’t as accessible by bus, causing confusion during early voting. New York Times, "Virginia, the Old Confederacy’s Heart, Becomes a Voting Rights Bastion," 2 Apr. 2021 Rather, your registrar will lease the name for the maximum period of 10 years. Michael Gargiulo, Forbes, "How To Register Your Domain Name For As Long As Possible," 18 Mar. 2021 Campbell and another Black registrar were poisoned. Washington Post, "He fought for Black voting rights after the Civil War. He was almost killed for it.," 25 Oct. 2020 The registrar’s initial estimate was based partly on a November 2017 special election in Poway that cost $408,000, and a May 2019 special election in Solana Beach that cost $182,000. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Registrar: Costs for possible Campbell recall election hard to project," 5 Mar. 2021 Everyone, that is, except the government registrar responsible for recording deaths. New York Times, "A Continent Where the Dead Are Not Counted," 2 Jan. 2021

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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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9 May 2021

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“Registrar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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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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