notarius (noh-tair-ee-<<schwa>>s), n.[fr. Latin nota “a character or mark”] 1.Roman law. A writer (sometimes a slave) who takes dictation or records proceedings by shorthand. • A notarius was later also called a scriba. 2.Roman law. An officer of the court who takes a magistrate’s dictation by shorthand. Cf. SCRIBA. 3.Hist. An officer who prepares deeds and other contracts. 4.

A notary or a scribe.

[Blacks Law 8th]