Definition of notary in English:

notary

(also notary public)

noun

  • A person authorized to perform certain legal formalities, especially to draw up or certify contracts, deeds, and other documents for use in other jurisdictions.

    • ‘The practice is so widespread that some notaries who witness real estate closings are said to set aside rooms for cash to change hands discreetly.’
    • ‘You could assemble two witnesses and a notary and sign the document yourself.’
    • ‘This was a sprawling metropolis of some several thousand people, crammed on top of each other in little twisting streets, populated by swindlers, thieves, prostitutes, magistrates, notaries and artists.’
    • ‘It was drawn up by a notary and was a binding contract.’
    • ‘The next step is an exchange of contract executed before a notary public with the two parties' lawyers.’
    • ‘In Amsterdam, public notaries regularly recorded women's statements about the insulting maltreatment of their husbands.’
    • ‘This agreement binds both parties to purchase/sell the property under the terms and conditions agreed, subject to clear title deed determined by the notary public.’
    • ‘A Frankish royal writing office with archchancellor and notaries can be documented throughout the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘The city yesterday opened the country's first judicial credit website, providing basic information to the public about local lawyers, law firms, notaries and community legal workers.’
    • ‘The heart of their study is a large sample of loan contracts drawn by Parisian notaries.’
    • ‘They have to draw up all kinds of documents with notaries and lawyers and still these documents can be challenged.’
    • ‘Seven lawyers and three notaries were among those arrested, the Madrid-based ministry said.’
    • ‘The collection of the third portion of the harvest was often subcontracted to a third party, by means of a private contract drawn up by a notary.’
    • ‘These would be produced - to much hilarity - to notaries when signing legal documents and on other official occasions.’
    • ‘Completion is the definitive passage of the property title from vendor to buyer by a public document, or by private contract authenticated by a notary for the purpose of registration.’
    • ‘In January 1998 there was a reconciliation formally recorded by a notary, the effect of which may have been to suspend the custody order.’
    • ‘The most frightening thing is that you do most of it yourself, so I found myself constantly drawing enormous sums of cash from the bank and handing them over to the tax office, the lawyer, the notary, the vendor and so on.’
    • ‘He claims that Isaacs presented him with a business card, with ‘Isaacs and Associates, attorneys, notaries and conveyancers’ printed on it.’
    • ‘There's great ceremony to the final act of purchase, with sellers, buyers, bankers, lawyers and agents all meeting in a notary's office to sign the deed.’
    • ‘When the holding of an auction was approved and the place and time were agreed upon, the notary drew up the conditions of sale.’
    lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, notary public, advocate, attorney
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

notary

/ˈnəʊt(ə)ri/