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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When the holding of an auction was approved and the place and time were agreed upon, the notary drew up the conditions of sale.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘A Frankish royal writing office with archchancellor and notaries can be documented throughout the eighth, ninth, and tenth centuries.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Seven lawyers and three notaries were among those arrested, the Madrid-based ministry said.’
    • ‘They have to draw up all kinds of documents with notaries and lawyers and still these documents can be challenged.’
    • ‘It was drawn up by a notary and was a binding contract.’
    • ‘In January 1998 there was a reconciliation formally recorded by a notary, the effect of which may have been to suspend the custody order.’
    • ‘You could assemble two witnesses and a notary and sign the document yourself.’
    • ‘These would be produced - to much hilarity - to notaries when signing legal documents and on other official occasions.’
    • ‘He claims that Isaacs presented him with a business card, with ‘Isaacs and Associates, attorneys, notaries and conveyancers’ printed on it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The heart of their study is a large sample of loan contracts drawn by Parisian notaries.’
    lawyer, legal representative, legal practitioner, legal executive, advocate, attorney
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

notary

/ˈnōdərē/