chancellor

noun
chan·cel·lor | \ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər \

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 \-ˌship \ noun

Examples of chancellor in a Sentence

the new chancellor of the university

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Tolstoy is chancellor of the International Monarchist League, a group that is, to put it gently, loosely organized. Michael Joseph Gross, Vanities, "“There’s Nothing Wrong with Falling from Grace”: The Global Network of Monarchists Helping Deposed Kings and Queens," 27 Apr. 2018 Former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder is a top executive at the Russian government controlled company that runs the pipeline. Fox News, "Meadows, Dershowitz react after Lisa Page defies subpoena," 12 July 2018 One of the most prominent was former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is now chairman of Russia’s state oil company Rosneft and one of the most prominent Western voices arguing for an end to sanctions against Russia. Jim Heintz, USA TODAY, "Vladimir Putin sworn in for a fourth term as Russian president," 7 May 2018 One of the most prominent was former German chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who is now chairman of Russia's state oil company Rosneft and one of the most prominent Western voices arguing for an end to sanctions against Russia. Jim Heintz, chicagotribune.com, "Russian President Vladimir Putin sworn in for 4th term, promises economic reforms," 7 May 2018 New York City reportedly selected Miami-Dade schools leader Alberto Carvalho as its new schools chancellor — pulling him out of the pool of potential candidates for L.A. Unified superintendent job. Matt Pearce, latimes.com, "Studying school safety in L.A., growth time for campus security businesses, UC Irvine's barn and yurt: What's new in education," 5 Mar. 2018 Emboldened, Nicolas next turned to Europe, pulling together another group of luminaries that included former British prime minister Tony Blair and former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder. Vicky Ward, Town & Country, "Why Nicolas Berggruen is Creating an Institute for Geniuses," 11 May 2016 Others have followed inglorious, drunken suit, including former NBA player Jason Kidd, former New York schools chancellor Cathie Black and singer Billy Joel. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "The Kardashians Killed the Hamptons," 3 July 2014 As chancellor of the largest school district in the country, my mandate goes beyond ensuring that all 1.1 million New York City public school children receive a high-quality education. Richard Carranza, Teen Vogue, "Why It's So Important to Include LGBTQ Education in Schools," 22 June 2018

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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

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

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chancellor

noun

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, 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 \

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)

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