signatory [sig-nuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. having signed, or joined in signing, a document: the signatory powers to a treaty.

noun, plural sig·na·to·ries.

  1. a signer, or one of the signers, of a document: France and Holland were among the signatories of the treaty.

Origin of signatory 1640–50, in earlier sense “used in affixing seals”; 1860–65 for def 2; Latin signātōrius of, belonging to sealing, equivalent to signā(re) to mark, seal (see sign) + -tōrius -tory1 Related formsnon·sig·na·to·ry, adjective, noun, plural non·sig·na·to·ries. Related Words for signatories bystander, spectator, observer, eyewitness, testimony, signatory, endorser, name, stamp, trademark, identification, seal, autograph, ink, watcher, onlooker, registrar, witness, scrivener, recorder Examples from the Web for signatories Contemporary Examples of signatories

  • Which may explain why, with less than a week left in its petition drive, FRC had yet to crack 10,000 signatories.

    What Is ‘Natural Marriage?’

    Michelle Cottle

    March 27, 2014

  • Signatories of the most recent letter rose yesterday in objection, for now, at least, to new sanctions.

    AIPAC’s Push To Scuttle Iran Diplomacy

    Ali Gharib

    August 1, 2013

  • An extradition pact assumes that the signatories play by similar rules of justice and have similar values.

    Putin Toys With Obama as Syria Burns and Snowden Runs Free

    Garry Kasparov

    July 2, 2013

  • On June 20, 1999, we published the letter as a full-page ad in The New York Times with 99 Senate signatories.

    AJC Leaves Out Context Of Hagel Letters

    Ali Gharib

    December 20, 2012

  • It’s early days yet, so it has only about 2,000 signatories so far.

    Self-Deportation, Democrat Style

    Michael Tomasky

    November 13, 2012

  • Historical Examples of signatories

  • If all do not lay down their arms, the signatories cannot help it.

    The Peace Negotiations

    J. D. Kestell

  • In 1471 he was one of the signatories of the truce with the Duke of Brittany.

    Bell’s Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Salisbury

    Gleeson White

  • No presents had been sent to the Missionary to distribute amongst the signatories.

    The Treaty of Waitangi

    T. Lindsay Buick

  • That is the wish of the authors and the signatories of the memorandum.

    New York Times Current History: The European War, Vol. 8, Pt. 2, No. 1, July 1918


  • The signatories to that address recognized the true significance of this travel.

    Freedom’s Battle

    Mahatma Gandhi

  • British Dictionary definitions for signatories signatory noun plural -ries

    1. a person who has signed a document such as a treaty or contract or an organization, state, etc, on whose behalf such a document has been signed


    1. having signed a document, treaty, etc

    Word Origin for signatory C17: from Latin signātōrius concerning sealing, from signāre to seal, from signum a mark Word Origin and History for signatories signatory adj.

    1640s, “used in sealing,” from Latin signatorius “of sealing,” from signatus, past participle of signare “to sign” (see sign (v.)). Noun sense of “one who signs” (a treaty, etc.) first recorded 1866.

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