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

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The pool of Indian applicants to Queen’s University in Belfast has grown 40% annually, vice-chancellor Ian Greer said. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "Indian student enrollments in the UK rise for the first time in almost a decade," 12 June 2019 The maintenance staff recently permanently shut off 10% of the building's fume hoods in order to keep the airflow going outward, said Geoff Hurtado, UWM's associate vice chancellor, facilities planning and management. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The writing is on the wall': UWM officials cautiously optimistic for new chemistry building," 11 June 2019 The university said that on May 28 — the day before Culverhouse's boycott call — its chancellor recommended the trustees return the donation. NBC News, "Univ. of Alabama donor called for student boycott over state abortion ban. Now school will return his $26.5M.," 7 June 2019 The university said that on May 28 — the day before Culverhouse's boycott call — its chancellor recommended the trustees return the donation. CBS News, "University of Alabama rejects $26.5 million from donor critical of state's abortion ban," 7 June 2019 In the spring of '98, when TCU vice chancellor William Koehler led a push for the school to invest heavily in athletics and effectively cleaned out the department, Hesselbrock was one of the few to remain in a high-ranking capacity. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Why one of TCU's last ties to the Southwest Conference is planning to leave the school," 20 June 2018 The trend shows no signs of slowing, said Nathan Evans, chief of staff for the CSU chancellor's office. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018 Seehofer has been critical of the chancellor's welcoming policy toward migrants since late 2015, when Merkel decided not to order people turned back at Germany's borders. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 The house was put up for sale to help cover the foundation's debts, and the current chancellor had to move out. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be open and let chips fall where they may, experts advise in UW-Oshkosh scandal," 28 Apr. 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

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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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