Definition of registrar in English:


Pronunciation /ˈrɛdʒɪstrɑː//ˌrɛdʒɪˈstrɑː/


  • 1An official responsible for keeping a register or official records.

    ‘the registrar of births and deaths’
    • ‘In the Netherlands, registrars are the officials who preside over marriages.’
    • ‘Previously the registrar, Helen's new role is one of four titles created at the museum as part of a restructuring programme aimed at paving the way for more growth and development.’
    • ‘The Civil Partnership Act will allow gay people to sign an official document in front of the registrar and two witnesses.’
    • ‘When you've made your musical selection, do run it past the officiating registrar to make sure that it is acceptable.’
    • ‘Ottoman registrars recorded villages whether or not they were inhabited, on the basis that since they had once provided revenue, they might yet do so again.’
    • ‘When either a collection or items to be added to an existing collection come to an institution, a registrar creates a record of the content and then passes the content along to the collection manager.’
    • ‘A superintendent registrar of births, marriages, and deaths had the duty of registering all marriages.’
    • ‘Seamus was a County Council employee and the local registrar for births, marriages and deaths.’
    • ‘County-based registrars of birth, death and marriage hold the full set of original civil registration registers, the earliest of which date from April 1845.’
    • ‘She still had a lot of pain and on April 21, 1996, she was seen by a medical registrar, who recorded she was complaining of very severe pain.’
    • ‘As well as being the proud mum at the civil ceremony - she'll also be the officiating registrar.’
    • ‘Today's ceremony will have all the trappings of a wedding but without the trap as, for legal reasons, it can't be performed by a real registrar until the pair give 90 days notice of their intention to marry.’
    • ‘And Rose is desperately appealing to all registrars to skip their day off and allow the couple, who have been together for six years, to get married.’
    • ‘The seminar is aimed at burial ground committee members, clergy, burial ground registrars, elected representatives, local authority staff, community groups and historical societies.’
    • ‘Erecting these barriers to voting isn't always a conscious choice; some registrars simply don't know the law and are as confused as college students when it comes to residency regulations.’
    • ‘Instead he insists the new registrar will be able to respond to complaints in a quick manner, adding that complaints can be filed confidentially.’
    • ‘Independent schools inspector Jim Beeke asked the registrar of companies to review potential conflict of interest with company executives controlling the schools' boards.’
    • ‘If domain names are property, the three judges sitting in the case ruled, then registrars are responsible for protecting them.’
    • ‘Records are obtained from the registrars of births, deaths, and marriages in each state and territory.’
    • ‘Our registrar is accepting membership for this year, which remains unchanged at €10 per adult and €1 per juvenile.’
    1. 1.1 The chief administrative officer in a university.
      • ‘At present the office of the vice chancellor together with the office of the registrar and concerned parties are engaged in consultations about this problem.’
      • ‘This is often the most frustrating part of the whole process because the power is suddenly removed from the coach and athlete as it is thrust into the hands of the registrar's office.’
      • ‘Wade explained that the registrar has been very proactive in communicating the availability of the bursary program to students and they will continue to be proactive in doing so.’
      • ‘According to Joanne Wade of the registrar's office, information systems and technology, that the statement simply reflects the current practice.’
      • ‘Football's original pin-up was described by university registrar James O'Kane as ‘noteworthy, sometimes notorious, but never ignored’.’
      • ‘No one asked which faculty I was in or checked my student number against the registrar's list.’
      • ‘Studying on a scholarship from an American church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, he stayed to work at the college as a registrar and teacher.’
      • ‘Some of the experts who will answer questions on the double cohort include university presidents, registrars, government officials and the alliance themselves.’
      • ‘The Otago University's registrar, Augustus Hamilton, had pieced together a skeleton of the extinct bird and even added feathers.’
      • ‘The business school is expected to open its doors in 2004, according to university registrar, Dr David Redmond.’
      • ‘After a few calls, not only did I learn exactly what the registrar's office does, but I also learned that my father had not paid a penny of my first semester's tuition.’
      • ‘Waterford city native, Dr John Nolan is the registrar or chief executive of the National University of Ireland, under whose aegis the new degree was developed.’
      • ‘He does, however, feel that mistakes such as these should not be happening, and cautions fellow students, urging them to pay careful attention when dealing with the registrar's office.’
      • ‘Ms. Weils instructed us to follow the hall down to the registrar's office, where her courses would be scheduled and final paperwork would be completed.’
      • ‘I told Stacy I was planning to call her employer and check with the registrar at the university from which she said she had graduated.’
      • ‘According to the registrar of Bradley Polytechnic Institute in the founding year of 1897, names and descriptions of courses are not given.’
      • ‘As a student who is paying for university using government money, I find myself appalled at the service from the registrar's office.’
      • ‘Not only are you required to check your marks on the Internet, but you have to go to the registrar's office to obtain your password.’
      • ‘Joanne Wade, of the registrar's office, claims that the university is ‘trying to be more proactive than before’ in regards to supporting financial need.’
      • ‘Professor Stewart was summoned to the registrar's office at the University of Adelaide.’
    2. 1.2 (in the UK) the judicial and administrative officer of the High Court.
      • ‘There were ‘proceedings’ in being at the very moment that the plaintiff made his affidavit and his solicitor lodged it with the registrar.’
      • ‘There was no question the registrar was negligent.’
      • ‘My application, initially, was not refused to be accepted by the registrar of the judge of the Federal Court.’
      • ‘Only the judge, the registrar, the lawyers and the couples themselves (or sometimes just one spouse) are present in court.’
      • ‘The applicants are, in effect, challenging a discretionary decision of the registrar, as reviewed by a federal magistrate, and as further considered by the Full Court of the Federal Court of Australia.’
      • ‘We have had an urgent hearing here, we have had affidavit evidence, and a learned judicial registrar determined that there is jurisdiction in this case to join the parties and to grant the injunction.’
      • ‘That is in the hands, not of my client, but of the registrar of the Supreme Court.’
      • ‘That Court had affirmed a decision of a registrar of the Federal Magistrates Court, who ordered that the applicant's application to set aside a bankruptcy notice issued against him be dismissed with costs.’
      • ‘It is convenient to mention here that, at the hearing before the registrar and on the appeal before me, there was no major issue about the three specific allegations.’
      • ‘So although it is enforced by the registrar and the infringer is obliged to pay the money to the court, the court hands the money that is received, under the statutory scheme, back to the municipality.’
      • ‘This is an appeal from the deputy registrar, and the evidence before me is limited to the evidence before the deputy registrar.’
      • ‘And what did subsequent judges and registrars hearing my matter say?’
      • ‘This submission was made before the registrar, but later abandoned before the hearing was concluded.’
      • ‘Consequently in Self v Self it was not lawful for a county court registrar to overrule an assisted party's choice of counsel where counsel had been selected by the assisted party from the appropriate panel.’
      • ‘They were sent to the registrar, judges, even to the High Court Registry and everything.’
      • ‘The judicial registrar condemned them in strong terms.’
      • ‘In due course she served here as a magistrate, then chief registrar of the high court.’
      • ‘It went before a judicial registrar, a judge and the Full Court.’
      • ‘You cannot have a registrar as a litigant in his own court, so he went outside his jurisdiction.’
      • ‘We have directed the registrar to impose a suspension order for six months to allow him time to address his behaviour and attitude.’
  • 2British A middle-ranking hospital doctor undergoing training as a specialist.

    ‘a registrar in rheumatology’
    • ‘He was scheduled to have lumbar puncture under anaesthesia during the day, but because he ate a biscuit the procedure had to be postponed until the evening, when it was left to a specialist registrar in paediatric anaesthesia.’
    • ‘She worked as a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital under Josephine Barnes and then moved to Carlisle.’
    • ‘All cases are discussed with either a specialist registrar or consultant gastroenterologist.’
    • ‘After the introduction of the Calman reforms of specialist training, specialist registrars were more likely to report satisfaction with key elements of their training.’
    • ‘Dr Trevor Pickersgill, a specialist registrar in neurology in Swansea, said that doctors were demoralised by unattributed briefings.’
    • ‘During these sessions, a senior general practitioner observes a registrar's consultations and reviews the surgery's equipment, policies, and procedures.’
    • ‘At their single visit to the clinic, the patients had a structured interview by either a consultant gastroenterologist or a specialist registrar in gastroenterology.’
    • ‘Our medical team consists of ten consultants, two specialist registrars, and three senior house officers.’
    • ‘She was a paediatric registrar at Charing Cross Hospital and entered public health in 1962.’
    • ‘Specialist registrars and locum appointments for training have recognised supervised education as part of their job.’
    • ‘She later became psychiatric registrar at Hellingly Hospital and then a medical assistant at Craig Phadric Hospital in Inverness.’
    • ‘Dr Richard Gale, a specialist registrar in ophthalmology at York District Hospital, has co-written the article in the British Medical Journal criticising the signs.’
    • ‘All 621 doctors and 47 registrars in 221 general practices in Glasgow were informed by letter about the study and invited to participate.’
    • ‘After qualifying he served as surgeon lieutenant in HMS Montrose during the second world war, and after a period as an orthopaedic registrar he entered general practice.’
    • ‘The training needs of general practice registrars and healthcare professionals at all levels will have to be identified and programmes implemented to ensure that these needs are taken care of.’
    • ‘Senior medical students, junior doctors, registrars, nurses, and allied health professionals are all potential teachers.’
    • ‘In general practice, men are more prepared to see a registrar or a locum than women and seem to place less store on the doctor-patient relationship than women.’
    • ‘Ilkley nurse Julie Atkinson is a registrar undergoing training to be a nurse practitioner.’
    • ‘One of two specialist registrars in anaesthesia examined each patient after the nurse or house officer.’
    • ‘The focus groups comprised consultants and specialist registrars in medicine for elderly people, nurses, general practitioners, and hospice staff.’


Late 17th century: from medieval Latin registrarius, from registrum (see register).