reg·is·try | \ˈre-jə-strē \
plural registries

Definition of registry 

2 : the nationality of a ship according to its entry in a register : flag

3 : a place of registration

4a : an official record book

b : an entry in a registry

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Examples of registry in a Sentence

the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles got a copy of the couple's bridal registry from the store's computer and scanned it for items we could afford

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The company may send wine flutes, flowers, or gifts from registries. Alyson Krueger, New York Times, "A Tinder Moment, a Gift From OkCupid and a Bumble Officiant," 3 July 2018 One set of fee hikes would apply to transactions at a registry. Joshua Miller,, "Beacon Hill moves to raise $50 million in fees on rental cars, real estate transactions," 31 May 2018 Does the high chair on my registry comply with the new standards? Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "New High Chair Safety Standards Are Coming — Here's Everything You Need to Know," 21 June 2018 There is no national data registry for tracking the disease., "Sickle Cell Patients Suffer As Disparities In Care, Research Persist," 11 May 2018 After years of delay, in 2017 New York launched a modern online registry and now offers people using the state’s health insurance marketplace the chance to join. Ted Alcorn, Vox, "Thousands of organs are lost before they can be donated. Here’s how to save them.," 23 Apr. 2018 An online gift registry still publicly available shows the due date for Lizak’s baby girl was Sept. 4, 2017. Jason Meisner,, "Federal jail guard charged in alleged scheme to help Latin Kings honcho smuggle drugs, cellphones," 23 Mar. 2018 No doubt,the baby gift registry includes lots of blue paint and handy tools. Atlanta Life, ajc, "It’s a boy for Chip and Joanna Gaines," 7 Mar. 2018 The Federal Bureau of Prisons online inmate registry on Saturday showed that the 54-year-old was housed at the high security prison that also has an adjacent minimum security satellite camp. CBS News, "Larry Nassar sent to maximum security prison in Arizona," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of registry

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

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Phrases Related to registry

gift registry

registry office

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The first known use of registry was in 1589

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English Language Learners Definition of registry

: a place where official records are kept

: a book or system for keeping an official list or record of items


reg·is·try | \ˈre-jə-strē \
plural registries

Kids Definition of registry

: a place where registration takes place a registry of motor vehicles


reg·is·try | \ˈrej-ə-strē \
plural registries

Medical Definition of registry 

1 : a place where data, records, or laboratory samples are kept and usually are made available for research or comparative study a cancer registry

2 : an establishment at which nurses available for employment are listed and through which they are hired

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reg·is·try | \ˈre-jə-strē \
plural registries

Legal Definition of registry 

1 : registration an instrument filed for registry in the conveyance recordsLouisiana Civil Code

2 : the nationality of a ship according to its entry in a register

3 : a place of registration : a place where official records and documents are kept the registry of motor vehicles registry of deeds

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