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post illa (verba); After those words, through French postille; marginal note, to English.


  1. A marginal note. A gloss.
  2. A method of verification for international documents.
    • The deponent's signature was verified in accordance with the apostil to the Hague convention.
    • Apostil is drawn on the document itself or on a separate sheet attached to the document; it should comply with the specimen attached to the Convention. Apostil may be drawn up in the official language of the issuing authority, and its provisions may be set forth in another language as well. The title “Apostille (Convention de la Haye du 5 octobre 1961)” may be given only in French. - 31k

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Extensive Definition

An apostille, or postil, is properly a gloss on a scriptural text, particularly on a gospel text; however, it has come to mean an explanatory note on other writings. The word is also applied to a general commentary, and also to a homily or discourse on the gospel or epistle appointed for the day. The pronunciation of the word “apostille” can vary, but most U.S. apostille offices pronounce it “ă pŏs tēēl”.
  1. A copy of the will
This is also true for the United Kingdom, which like Hong Kong is a signatory to the 1961 Hague Convention.
Obtaining an apostille can be a highly complex process. Getting a birth certificate with apostille in New York, for example, requires applying to three separate offices in succession.
In countries which are not signatories to the 1961 convention and do not recognize the apostille, a foreign public document must be legalized by a consular officer of the country from which the document is issued. In lieu of an apostille, documents in the U.S. usually will receive a Certificate of Authentication.


See also

apostil in Czech: Apostila
apostil in German: Apostille
apostil in Spanish: Apostilla
apostil in Hebrew: אפוסטיל
apostil in Lithuanian: Apostilė
apostil in Japanese: アポスティーユ
apostil in Polish: Apostil
apostil in Russian: Апостиль
apostil in Swedish: Apostille
apostil in Ukrainian: Апостіль
apostil in Yiddish: אפאסטיל
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