greffier

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

French, from Late Latin grafarius, graphiarius.

Noun[edit]

greffier ‎(plural greffiers)

  1. (obsolete) A registrar or recorder; a notary.
    • Bishop Joseph Hall
      One thing I may not omit, without sinful oversight; a short, but memorable story, which the Greffier of that town, though of different religion, reported to more ears than ours.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin graphiarius ‎(scribe, secretary)[1], from graphium ‎(stylus). Compare greffe ‎(clerk's office).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

greffier m ‎(plural greffiers, feminine greffière)

  1. (law) clerk of the court; registrar of the court
  2. (dated, slang) cat, malkin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dictionnaire étymologique de la langue française (1870)

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