Origin of notaryMiddle English notarye from Old French notaire from Classical Latin notarius from notare, to note
A notary public.
Origin of notaryMiddle English notarie from Old French notaire, notarie from Latin notārius relating to shorthand, shorthand writer from nota mark ; see note .
- (law, chiefly civil law) A lawyer of noncontentious private civil law who drafts, takes, and records legal instruments for private parties, and provides legal advice, but does not appear in court on clients' behalf.
- (common law) A notary public, a legal practitioner who prepares, attests to, and certifies documents, witnesses affidavits, and administers oaths.
- (law, 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.
From Old French notarie (French: notaire), from Latin notarius.