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What does Registry, Registrar and Registrant mean?

Registry, Registrar and Registrant are industry standard terms used to identify the owner of a domain (Registrant), the domain accredited supplier (Registrar) and the domain records manager (Registry).

Registry A registry is an organization that supports a registry database for the TLDs. Every TLD has only one registry.
Registrar A registrar is an organization that is empowered and accredited to provide registration services for the top-level domains and serves as the middle-man between the registry and the registrant. Registrars can offer services that help clients build websites and develop their web presence.
Registrant A registrant is any company or person who purchases a Domain Name. When a registrant registers a domain name and signs a contract with the registrar, they are the legal owner of a domain name for a specific period of time.
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