notary public

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Etymology[edit]

Anglo-Norman/Law French, on model of notaire publique, hence the unusual order of adjective following noun, instead of idiomatic English *public notary. Compare attorney general, court martial, fee simple, secretary general, surgeon general.

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  • IPA(key): ˈnəʊtəri ˈpʌblɪk

Noun[edit]

notary public (plural notaries public)

  1. an officer who can administer oaths and statutory declarations, witness and authenticate documents and perform certain other acts varying from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.

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