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exchequer

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noun ex·che·quer \ˈeks-ˌche-kər, iks-ˈ\

Definition of exchequer

  1. 1 capitalized :  a department or office of state in medieval England charged with the collection and management of the royal revenue and judicial determination of all revenue causes

  2. 2 capitalized :  a former superior court having jurisdiction in England and Wales primarily over revenue matters and now merged with King's Bench

  3. 3 often capitalized a :  the department or office of state in Great Britain and Northern Ireland charged with the receipt and care of the national revenue b :  the national banking account of this realm

  4. 4 :  treasury; especially :  a national or royal treasury

  5. 5 :  pecuniary resources :  funds



Examples of exchequer

  1. <their son would make beseeching requests for more money whenever his personal exchequer was getting low>



Origin of exchequer

Middle English escheker, from Anglo-French, chessboard, counting table, exchequer — more at checker


First Known Use: 14th century



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