Definition of notary in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnōdərē/
(in full notary public)

noun (plural notaries)

A person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.
Example sentences
  • It was drawn up by a notary and was a binding contract.
  • These would be produced - to much hilarity - to notaries when signing legal documents and on other official occasions.
  • The heart of their study is a large sample of loan contracts drawn by Parisian notaries.



Pronunciation: /nōˈterēəl/
Example sentences
  • That the appellant notary acted in accordance with the then general notarial practice does not seem to be contested.
  • The notarial deeds provided by the notary public offices in Shanghai are accepted in over 100 countries, which shows that local notaries' work is highly accurate.
  • Given the vast amount of notarial records, the authors focused on 10 notaries at roughly ten-year increments.


Middle English (in the sense 'clerk or secretary'): from Latin notarius 'secretary', from nota 'mark'.

Words that rhyme with notary

coterie, protonotary, rotary, votary

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: no·ta·ry

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