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chancery

chancery

noun chan·cery \ˈchan(t)-sə-rē, ˈchan(t)s-rē\

: a government office where public documents are kept

: a type of court in the U.S.

Chancery : a part of the High Court in England and Wales

plural chan·cer·ies

Full Definition of CHANCERY

1
:  a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings
2
a capitalized :  a high court of equity in England and Wales with common-law functions and jurisdiction over causes in equity
b :  a court of equity in the American judicial system
c :  the principles and practice of judicial equity
3
a :  a chancellor's court or office or the building in which it is located
b :  the office in which the business of a Roman Catholic diocese is transacted and recorded
c :  the office of an embassy :  chancellery 3
in chancery
1
:  in litigation in a court of chancery; also :  under the superintendence of the lord chancellor <a ward in chancery>
2
:  in a hopeless predicament

Origin of CHANCERY

Middle English chancerie, alteration of chancelerie chancellery, from Anglo-French, from chanceler
First Known Use: 14th century

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