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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.
Michaelmas term lately over, and the Lord Chancellor sitting in Lincoln's Inn Hall.
All this I saw from the open window of the Warden's breakfast-saloon, looking across the shoulder of the Lord Chancellor, who had sprung to his feet the moment the shouting began, almost as if he had been expecting it, and had rushed to the window which commanded the best view of the market-place.
I represented, modestly, that to my ears it appeared that they were shouting for different things, but the Chancellor would not listen to my suggestion for a moment.
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.
He became Treasurer of the Exchequer, Speaker of the House of Commons, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and last of all Lord Chancellor of England.
Bid the chancellor and the sub-chancellor lead in the brothers according to age, together with brother John, the accused, and brother Ambrose, the accuser.
Thou art ever my better angel, Waldemar,'' said the Prince; ``and when I have such a chancellor to advise withal, the reign of John will be renowned in our annals.
The Chancellor Sequier, who twenty years previously had persecuted her so ruthlessly, stood before her, relating how his carriage had been smashed, how he had been pursued and had rushed into the Hotel d'O , that the hotel was immediately invaded, pillaged and devastated; happily he had time to reach a closet hidden behind tapestry, in which he was secreted by an old woman, together with his brother, the Bishop of Meaux.
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.
These works, which I owe to the high talents and disinterested zeal of the above distinguished authors, could not have been undertaken, had it not been for the liberality of the Lords Commissioners of Her Majesty's Treasury, who, through the representation of the Right Honourable the Chancellor of the Exchequer, have been pleased to grant a sum of one thousand pounds towards defraying part of the expenses of publication.
But the best of it was," said one, telling of the misfortune of a fellow diplomat, "that the Chancellor told him flatly that his appointment to London was a promotion and that he was so to regard it.

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