from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One entrusted with something for preservation or safekeeping.
  • noun A depository.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Of deposit; receiving deposits: said of banks.
  • noun A person with whom anything is left or lodged in trust; one to whom a thing is committed for safekeeping, or to be used for the benefit of the owner; a trustee; a guardian. Also depository.
  • noun In law, a bailee of personal property, to be kept by him for the bailor without recompense.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One with whom anything is lodged in the trust; one who receives a deposit; -- the correlative of depositor.
  • noun A storehouse; a depository.
  • noun (Law) One to whom goods are bailed, to be kept for the bailor without a recompense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Acting as the trusted recipient of a deposit
  • noun One who receives a deposit in trust
  • noun A place where deposits are kept

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a facility where things can be deposited for storage or safekeeping


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From Late Latin depositarius


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  • "The depositary of power is always unpopular."

    Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield (1804-1881) - Comingsby, bk. 1, ch. 1.

    September 20, 2009