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 (chăn′sə-lər, -slər)
1. Any of various officials of high rank, especially:
a. A secretary to a monarch or noble.
b. Chiefly British The chief secretary of an embassy.
c. The chief minister of state in some European countries.
a. The president of certain American universities.
b. Chiefly British The honorary or titular head of a university.
3. Law The presiding judge of a court of chancery or equity in some states of the United States and in Great Britain.

[Middle English chaunceler, from Old French chancelier, from Late Latin cancellārius, doorkeeper, from Latin cancellī, bars, latticework; see cancel.]

chan′cel·lor·ship′ n.


(ˈtʃɑːnsələ; -slə)
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the head of the government in several European countries
2. (Education) US the president of a university or, in some colleges, the chief administrative officer
3. (Education) Brit and Canadian the honorary head of a university. Compare vice chancellor1
4. (Law) US (in some states) the presiding judge of a court of chancery or equity
5. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Brit the chief secretary of an embassy
6. (Ecclesiastical Terms) Christianity a clergyman acting as the law officer of a bishop
7. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) archaic the chief secretary of a prince, nobleman, etc
[C11: from Anglo-French chanceler, from Late Latin cancellārius porter, secretary, from Latin cancellī lattice; see chancel]
ˈchancellorˌship n


(ˈtʃæn sə lər, -slər, ˈtʃɑn-)

1. the chief minister of state in some parliamentary governments, as in Germany.
2. the chief administrative officer in some American universities.
3. the chief secretary of a king or noble, or of an embassy.
4. the priest in charge of a Roman Catholic chancery.
5. the title of various important officials in the British government.
6. (in some states) the judge of a court of equity.
7. Brit. the honorary, nonresident, titular head of a university.
[1100–50; Middle English chaunceler, late Old English canceler < Old North French, Old French < Late Latin cancellārius doorkeeper, literally, man at the barrier]
chan′cel•lor•ship`, n.


A title given to the heads of some universities in the United States and the United Kingdom.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Chancellor - the British cabinet minister responsible for finance
British Cabinet - the senior ministers of the British government
cabinet minister - a person who is a member of the cabinet
2.chancellor - the person who is head of state (in several countries)chancellor - the person who is head of state (in several countries)
chief of state, head of state - the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government
taoiseach - the prime minister of the Irish Republic
3.chancellor - the honorary or titular head of a university
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom
head teacher, school principal, principal, head - the educator who has executive authority for a school; "she sent unruly pupils to see the principal"
رَئيسُ الجامِعَهقاضي القُضاه، رَئيسُ مَجْلِسِ اللوردات
finansų ministrasiždo kancleriskanclerisrektorius
augstākais tiesnesiskanclersministrs


[ˈtʃɑːnsələʳ] N (Pol) → canciller mf (Univ) → rector(a) m/f honorario/a
Chancellor of the ExchequerMinistro/a m/f or (LAm) Secretario/a m/f de Economía y Hacienda
Lord Chancellor jefe de la administración de la justicia en Inglaterra y Gales, y presidente de la Cámara de los Lores


[ˈtʃɑːnslər] n
[Germany, Austria] → chancelier/ière
[British university] → président(e) m/f honoraire
[American university] → recteur m
see also vice-chancellor
= Chancellor of the ExchequerChancellor of the Exchequer n (British)chancelier/ière de l'Échiquier (ministre des finances britannique)


n (Jur, Pol, Univ) → Kanzler m; Chancellor (of the Exchequer) (Brit) → Schatzkanzler(in) m(f), → Finanzminister(in) m(f)


[ˈtʃɑːnsələʳ] ncancelliere m; (of university) → rettore m (onorario)


(ˈtʃaːnsələ) noun
1. a state or legal official of various kinds. The Lord Chancellor is the head of the English legal system.
2. the head of a university.
Chancellor of the Exchequer noun
the Finance Minister in Great Britain.
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Fair wards of court have faded into mothers and grandmothers; a long procession of Chancellors has come in and gone out; the legion of bills in the suit have been transformed into mere bills of mortality; there are not three Jarndyces left upon the earth perhaps since old Tom Jarndyce in despair blew his brains out at a coffee-house in Chancery Lane; but Jarndyce and Jarndyce still drags its dreary length before the court, perennially hopeless.
Out of that five millions the small tyrant tried to keep an army of ten thousand men, pay all the hundreds of useless Grand Equerries in Waiting, First Grooms of the Bedchamber, Lord High Chancellors of the Exploded Exchequer, and all the other absurdities which these puppy-kingdoms indulge in, in imitation of the great monarchies; and in addition he set about building a white marble palace to cost about five millions itself.
There were engraved portraits of Lord Chancellors and other celebrated lawyers of the last century; and there were old pier-glasses to reflect them, as well as the little satin-wood tables and the sofas resembling a prolongation of uneasy chairs, all standing in relief against the dark wainscot This was the physiognomy of the drawing-room into which Lydgate was shown; and there were three ladies to receive him, who were also old-fashioned, and of a faded but genuine respectability: Mrs.
contempt by the Most Eminent Grand Masters, Grand Chancellors, Great
Suffice it to say, that I believe the applications for loans, gifts, and offices of profit that I have been requested to forward to the originals of the BROTHERS CHEERYBLE (with whom I never interchanged any communication in my life) would have exhausted the combined patronage of all the Lord Chancellors since the accession of the House of Brunswick, and would have broken the Rest of the Bank of England.
But do thou leave as unlawful these winnings, and deal with Cause and Effect, the chancellors of God.
Glegg was one of these men, found so impracticable by chancellors of the exchequer; and knowing this, you will be the better able to understand why he had not swerved from the conviction that he had made an eligible marriage, in spite of the too-pungent seasoning that nature had given to the eldest Miss Dodson's virtues.
and, with bonnet doffed, the future Chancellor (for to such high preferment did the wily Norman aspire) hastened to receive the orders of the future sovereign.
I could heartily wish a law was enacted, that every traveller, before he were permitted to publish his voyages, should be obliged to make oath before the Lord High Chancellor, that all he intended to print was absolutely true to the best of his knowledge; for then the world would no longer be deceived, as it usually is, while some writers, to make their works pass the better upon the public, impose the grossest falsities on the unwary reader.
It is curious to observe, with what vehemence this part of the plan is assailed, on the principle here taken notice of, by men who profess to admire, without exception, the constitution of this State; while that constitution makes the Senate, together with the chancellor and judges of the Supreme Court, not only a court of impeachments, but the highest judicatory in the State, in all causes, civil and criminal.
The governor, who is the executive magistrate, is appointed by the legislature; is chancellor and ordinary, or surrogate of the State; is a member of the Supreme Court of Appeals, and president, with a casting vote, of one of the legislative branches.
Madame," said he, "you are about to receive a visit from the chancellor, who will communicate certain matters to you with which I have charged him.

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