C14: from Latin notārius clerk, from nota a mark, note
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A notary or a notary public is a person, usually a lawyer, who has legal authority to witness the signing of documents in order to make them legally valid. ⇒ She is the town clerk and a certified public accountant and notary public.
`Nothing's settled with a journalisttill it's down on paper and witnessed by a notary public,' saidPenn.Anthony Masters CASCADES - THE DAY OF THE DEADAs soon as we reachharbour, I'll find a notary and bring him on board for the formalities I told you about lastnight.Gagman, Maurice DOUBTFUL MOTIVES`The drunken notary who said a few words over us is long dead.Butterworth, Michael THE FIVE MILLION DOLLAR PRINCEBut other spaces, above witness and notary public, were blank.Joyce Carol Oates MIDDLE AGE: A ROMANCE