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 chancellor (audio) \ noun

Examples of chancellor in a Sentence

the new chancellor of the university
Recent Examples on the Web Despite Proposition 16’s failure to make a dent in affirmative action policy in California, the state's universities aren't giving up, said Luoluo Hong, the associate vice chancellor who oversees student affairs and admissions at California State. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "California voters failed to repeal ban on affirmative action. What signal does that send the rest of the nation?," 30 Dec. 2020 In the past supplies have often expired before they could be administered, said Dr. Charles Yu, vice chancellor for research at the De La Salle Medical and Health Sciences Institute in Manila. Feliz Solomon, WSJ, "Vaccines Are Coming but They Won’t End Covid-19 Anytime Soon," 13 Dec. 2020 Steve McClellan, vice chancellor for finance and administration at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock for the past four years, has died. Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Online, "McClellan, vice chancellor for finance and administration at UALR, dies at 63," 7 Dec. 2020 Emergency grants are an important lifeline for students struggling with food insecurity or other crises that could derail their education, said Ron Anderson, Minnesota State's senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs. Ryan Faircloth, Star Tribune, "Minnesota State colleges seek $120 million budget increase from Legislature to offset pandemic losses, support students," 18 Nov. 2020 The government changed its tune on Thursday, with Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, announcing that the program would continue until the end of March because the economic damage of the pandemic would last beyond the second lockdown. Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, "A Lockdown With Loopholes: New Virus Restrictions Come Into Force in England," 5 Nov. 2020 But Rishi Sunak, the chancellor, fended off such an increase with a furlough scheme that paid workers 80% of their normal pay. The Economist, "Britain’s awful economic performance," 5 Nov. 2020 Northwest Vista is the only one not offering any courses that require face-to-face instruction for accreditation purposes, said Kristi Wyatt, the district’s associate vice chancellor of communications and engagement. Andres Picon, ExpressNews.com, "Alamo Colleges see overall enrollment gains despite pandemic, recession," 22 Oct. 2020 Lance Tatum, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at Troy, said the Confucius Institute operates under the academic division of the university. Mike Cason, al, "Alabama A&M, Troy respond to concerns about Confucius Institutes," 18 Oct. 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

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 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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