One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A register, a written record of important events or facts.
Late 17th century; earliest use found in John Milton (1608–1674), poet and polemicist. From post-classical Latin regestum (usually in plural, regesta) list, register, roll of the papal Curia, chronicle, use as noun of neuter of past participle of classical Latin regerere. Compare earlier regest.
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