Definition for NO'TA-RY

NO'TA-RY, n. [L. notarius, from notus, known, from nosco.]

  1. Primarily, a person employed to take notes of contracts, trials and proceedings in courts among the Romans.
  2. In modern usage, an officer authorized to attest contracts or writings of any kind, to give them the evidence of authenticity. This officer is often styled notary public.

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