- an original draft or record of a document, negotiation, etc.
Origin of protocolFr protocole
- a diplomatic agreement, esp. one that amends, clarifies, or adds to a treaty
- the code of ceremonial forms and courtesies, of precedence, etc. accepted as proper and correct in official dealings, as between heads of state or diplomatic officials
- in science and medicine, a formal set of rules and procedures to be followed during a particular research experiment, course of treatment, etc.
- a set of rules governing the communication and the transfer of data between machines, as in a computer system
Origin of protocolEarly Modern English prothocoll from Middle French prothocole from Medieval Latin protocollum from Late Greek pr?tokollon, first leaf glued to a manuscript (describing the contents) from Classical Greek pr?to-, proto- + kolla, glue
transitive verb-·colled· or -·coled·, -·col·ling or -·col·ing