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chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər\

Simple Definition of chancellor

  • : the highest government official in Germany and Austria

  • : the head of some U.S. universities

  • : the head of a British university who represents the school but who does not have many responsibilities

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of chancellor

  1. 1 a :  the secretary of a nobleman, prince, or king b :  the lord chancellor of Great Britain c British :  the chief secretary of an embassy d :  a Roman Catholic priest heading the office in which diocesan business is transacted and recorded

  2. 2 a :  the titular head of a British university b (1) :  a university president (2) :  the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education

  3. 3 a :  a lay legal officer or adviser of an Anglican diocese b :  a judge in a court of chancery or equity in various states of the United States

  4. 4 :  the chief minister of state in some European countries

chancellorship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of chancellor in a sentence

  1. the new chancellor of the university



Origin of chancellor

Middle English chanceler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin cancellarius doorkeeper, secretary, from cancellus


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with chancellor


CHANCELLOR Defined for Kids

chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan-sə-lər, ˈchan-slər\

Definition of chancellor for Students

  1. 1 :  a high government official (as in Germany)

  2. 2 :  the head of a university




Law Dictionary

chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan-sə-lər\

Legal Definition of chancellor

  1. 1 :  the head of a chancery: as a :  the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain b :  a judge in a court of equity in various states

  2. 2a :  a university president b :  the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education

  3. 3 :  the chief minister of state in some European countries (as Germany)



Origin of chancellor

Old French chancelier royal secretary, from Late Latin cancellarius doorkeeper, clerk, from Latin cancellus latticework barrier



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