Definition of chancellor
1a : the secretary of a nobleman, prince, or kingb : the lord chancellor of Great Britainc British : the chief secretary of an embassyd : a Roman Catholic priest heading the office in which diocesan business is transacted and recorded
2a : the titular head of a British universityb (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 dioceseb : 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
chancellorshipplay \-ˌship\ noun
Examples of chancellor in a Sentence
the new chancellor of the university
Recent Examples of chancellor from the Web
If an applicant has engaged in unethical conduct or participated in activity resulting in a major infraction, then the school's president or chancellor must consult the SEC commissioner.
As part of those job eliminations, the executive vice chancellor for MU Health is being laid off, saving $750,000, and the chief operating officer for MU Health is also being laid off, saving $650,000.
Then, on Wednesday, the chancellor welcomed Li Keqiang, the prime minister of China.
The German chancellor, the most powerful politician in Europe, grew up in East Germany, and her upbringing there has long been credited for her staunch support for closer European-U.S. ties.
The leader of Russia's Chechnya has invited the French president and the German chancellor to visit his region and check for themselves the reports about gay people being killed and tortured there.
The German chancellor made those comments after meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump in Brussels and Sicily over the past week.
Merkel's remarks, made to her Christian Democrat party's Bavarian allies, were particularly striking as the chancellor, a fan of the United States as a teenager in Communist East Germany, has always been known as a resolute Atlanticist.
The SPD got a boost after nominating Martin Schulz in January as Merkel’s rival for chancellor in September’s election, but has slipped recently after several state election losses.
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Origin and Etymology of chancellor
Middle English chanceler, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin cancellarius doorkeeper, secretary, from cancellus
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
CHANCELLOR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of chancellor for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of chancellor for Students
1 : a high government official (as in Germany)
2 : the head of a university
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)
Origin and Etymology of chancellor
Old French chancelier royal secretary, from Late Latin cancellarius doorkeeper, clerk, from Latin cancellus latticework barrier
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