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Knowledge Base:  Domains - Overview:  Definition of Registry, Registrar and Registrant
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Registrar: A registrar (or "Domain Name Registrar") is an organization like 
OpenSRS or Network Solutions that has control over the granting of domains 
within certain TLDs (Top Level Domains, like the generic .com, .org, and .net).

Registry: The registry is the backend that registrars have shared access to. Each 
registrar writes new names to a central registry database, from which the 
authoritative root (essentially, a table of all domain names on the Internet) is built.

Registrant: A registrant is the person or company who purchases a domain name.
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