chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər\

Definition of chancellor

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  the titular head of a British universityb (1) :  a university president (2) :  the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education

  3. 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. 4 :  the chief minister of state in some European countries

chancellorship

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Examples of chancellor in a Sentence

  1. the new chancellor of the university

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Origin and Etymology of chancellor

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


CHANCELLOR Defined for English Language Learners

chancellor

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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

chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan-sə-lər, ˈchan-slər\

Definition of chancellor for Students

  1. 1 :  a high government official (as in Germany)

  2. 2 :  the head of a university


Law Dictionary

chancellor

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noun chan·cel·lor \ˈchan-sə-lər\

Legal Definition of chancellor

  1. 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

  2. 2a :  a university president b :  the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education

  3. 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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