A certificate issued by the collector of customs of a port or district to the owner of a vessel, containing the description of a vessel, its name, ownership, and other material facts. It is kept on board the vessel, to be used as evidence of nationality or as a muniment of title.
One who registers or records; a registrar; especially, a public officer charged with the duty of recording certain transactions or events.
From Medieval Latin registrum, from Late Latin regesta ("list, items recorded"), from Latin regero ("to record, to carry back"), from re- + gero. Compare Latin registoria ("a treasurer"). Some senses influenced by association with unrelated Latin rego ("to rule").
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