registry

noun

reg·​is·​try ˈre-jə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio)
plural registries
1
2
: the nationality of a ship according to its entry in a register : flag
3
: a place of registration
4
a
: an official record book
b
: an entry in a registry

Example Sentences

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
Recent Examples on the Web When the baby shower rolls around, some parents put a lot of thought into creating a baby registry. Marisa Lascala And Lori Bergamotto, Good Housekeeping, 12 Jan. 2023 A year ago, state lawmakers overrode a veto by Governor Dan McKee to pass legislation creating a statewide registry of short-term rentals. Brian Amaral, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Jan. 2023 This year’s lineup brings the number of films in the registry to 850, many of which are among the 1.7 million films in the Library’s collections. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 14 Dec. 2022 The Drug Enforcement Administration could also complete a task that’s been on its docket for years: creating a vetted registry of telehealth providers who would be cleared to write virtual prescriptions without an in-person visit. Katie Palmer Reprints, STAT, 5 Nov. 2022 Creating a federal gun registry has been prohibited in the U.S. since the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act was signed into law in 1986. Nate Trela, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2022 Attorney Robert Berlin has weighed in on a request by the Greater Oak Brook Chamber of Commerce to review Oak Brook’s new ordinance creating a business registry. Chuck Fieldman, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 Taylor Hill's Amazon wedding registry is full of items that check both of those boxes. Kayla Blanton, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2022 Phillip Ihenacho, in our last of several Zoom conversations, said that such a registry would be a priority for his trust. David Frum, The Atlantic, 14 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1589, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Time Traveler
The first known use of registry was in 1589

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Cite this Entry

“Registry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/registry. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

registry

noun
reg·​is·​try ˈrej-ə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio)
plural registries
1
2
: a place of registration
3
a
: a book in which things are recorded exactly and legally
b
: something recorded in a registry

Medical Definition

registry

noun
reg·​is·​try ˈrej-ə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio)
plural registries
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

Legal Definition

registry

noun
reg·​is·​try ˈre-jə-strē How to pronounce registry (audio)
plural registries
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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