chancellor

noun
chan·​cel·​lor | \ ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio) \

Definition of chancellor

1a : 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
2a : the titular head of a British university
b(1) : a university president
(2) : the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education
3a : 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 U.S.
4 : the chief minister of state in some European countries

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Other Words from chancellor

chancellorship \ ˈchan(t)-​s(ə-​)lər-​ˌship How to pronounce chancellorship (audio) \ noun

Examples of chancellor in a Sentence

the new chancellor of the university
Recent Examples on the Web In response to the increased scrutiny of foreign collaborations, colleges and universities are ramping up efforts to educate faculty about potential threats, said Doug Girod, chancellor of the University of Kansas. Catherine Matacic, Science | AAAS, "U.S. attorneys warn of upcoming ‘spike’ in prosecutions related to China ties," 7 Feb. 2020 Maria Harper-Marinick, the embattled chancellor of the Maricopa County Community College District, will step down several months earlier than planned. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick to step down earlier than expected," 21 Jan. 2020 In the last few months, the Rebels have had to replace a chancellor, an athletic director and a head football coach. Tyler Horka, USA TODAY, "SEC power rankings: LSU and Georgia set to decide conference supremacy," 3 Dec. 2019 Incumbent Republican John Zerwas, who was first elected in 2006, resigned his H.D. 28 seat in September and accepted a position as a vice chancellor at the University of Texas. Zach Despart, Houston Chronicle, "Markowitz, Eastman lead as Texas House races lean toward runoffs," 6 Nov. 2019 Harper-Marinick was appointed chancellor in 2016, and the board in 2017 extended her contract through May 2020. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Maricopa Community Colleges Chancellor Maria Harper-Marinick to step down earlier than expected," 21 Jan. 2020 The increase would generate up to $500,000 for the system and apply to resident undergraduate students, university chancellor Rick Caulfield said. USA TODAY, "More pigeon hats, cushion cash, Chaka Khan: News from around our 50 states," 20 Jan. 2020 In an unusual break, University of Alaska Anchorage chancellor Cathy Sandeen opposed the 5% hike. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Regents order 5% increase in resident tuition for University of Alaska," 18 Jan. 2020 Starr was named the 14th president of Baylor University in Waco in 2010 and chancellor in 2013. Texas Tribune, Dallas News, "Ken Starr, Clinton investigator and former Baylor president, joins Trump impeachment team," 17 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chancellor

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for chancellor

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

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“Chancellor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancellor. Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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chancellor

noun
How to pronounce chancellor (audio)

English Language Learners 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

chancellor

noun
chan·​cel·​lor | \ ˈchan-sə-lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio) , ˈchan-slər \

Kids Definition of chancellor

1 : a high government official (as in Germany)
2 : the head of a university

chancellor

noun
chan·​cel·​lor | \ ˈchan-sə-lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio) \

Legal Definition of chancellor

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
2a : a university president
b : the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education
3 : the chief minister of state in some European countries (as Germany)

History and Etymology for chancellor

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

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