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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

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

chan·cel·lor·ship play \-ˌship\ noun

Examples of chancellor

  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



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