notary etymology

English word notary comes from Latin notarius, and later Old French notarie (Notary (notary public). Secretary. Witness.)

Detailed word origin of notary

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
notarius Latin (lat) Clerk, secretary; writer of shorthand; stenographer. Notary.
notarie Old French (fro) Notary (notary public). Secretary. Witness.
notary English (eng) (common law) A notary public, a legal practitioner who prepares, attests to, and certifies documents, witnesses affidavits, and administers oaths.. (legal, Canada, US) A lay notary public, who serves as an impartial witness to the signing of important documents, but who is not authorised to practise law.. (legal, especially, _, civil law) A lawyer of noncontentious private civil law who [...]