Definition of registrar in US English:



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

    ‘the registrar of births and deaths’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Civil Partnership Act will allow gay people to sign an official document in front of the registrar and two witnesses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Independent schools inspector Jim Beeke asked the registrar of companies to review potential conflict of interest with company executives controlling the schools' boards.’
    • ‘As well as being the proud mum at the civil ceremony - she'll also be the officiating registrar.’
    • ‘The seminar is aimed at burial ground committee members, clergy, burial ground registrars, elected representatives, local authority staff, community groups and historical societies.’
    • ‘Records are obtained from the registrars of births, deaths, and marriages in each state and territory.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead he insists the new registrar will be able to respond to complaints in a quick manner, adding that complaints can be filed confidentially.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the Netherlands, registrars are the officials who preside over marriages.’
    • ‘Our registrar is accepting membership for this year, which remains unchanged at €10 per adult and €1 per juvenile.’
    • ‘If domain names are property, the three judges sitting in the case ruled, then registrars are responsible for protecting them.’
    • ‘Seamus was a County Council employee and the local registrar for births, marriages and deaths.’
    • ‘A superintendent registrar of births, marriages, and deaths had the duty of registering all marriages.’
    1. 1.1 An official in a college or university who is responsible for keeping student records.
      • ‘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 Joanne Wade of the registrar's office, information systems and technology, that the statement simply reflects the current practice.’
      • ‘The business school is expected to open its doors in 2004, according to university registrar, Dr David Redmond.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘As a student who is paying for university using government money, I find myself appalled at the service from the registrar's office.’
      • ‘According to the registrar of Bradley Polytechnic Institute in the founding year of 1897, names and descriptions of courses are not given.’
      • ‘Football's original pin-up was described by university registrar James O'Kane as ‘noteworthy, sometimes notorious, but never ignored’.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The Otago University's registrar, Augustus Hamilton, had pieced together a skeleton of the extinct bird and even added feathers.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘No one asked which faculty I was in or checked my student number against the registrar's list.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some of the experts who will answer questions on the double cohort include university presidents, registrars, government officials and the alliance themselves.’


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