chancellor

noun

chan·​cel·​lor ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio)
1
a
: 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
2
a
: the titular head of a British university
b(1)
: a university president
(2)
: the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education
3
a
: 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
chancellorship noun

Example Sentences

the new chancellor of the university
Recent Examples on the Web The stars of the show were the three prime ministers before her—Boris Johnson, Theresa May, and David Cameron—with supporting roles for the former chancellor George Osborne and former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 21 Oct. 2022 Rishi Sunak, the chancellor of the Exchequer, and Sajid Javid, the health secretary, both quit over a fresh scandal that once again raised questions about Johnson’s judgment and honesty. Megan Specia, BostonGlobe.com, 5 July 2022 Days after taking office as Germany’s vice chancellor and economy minister in December, Robert Habeck asked his most senior officials for a detailed assessment of his country’s dependence on Russian energy. WSJ, 18 May 2022 Putin has stood on that date shoulder to shoulder with the presidents of the United States and France, the prime ministers of Italy and Japan, the German chancellor and the secretary-general of the United Nations. Frida Ghitis, CNN, 9 May 2022 In the wake of the attack in Kramatorsk, several European leaders made efforts to show solidarity with Ukraine, with the Austrian chancellor and British prime minister visiting the capital, Kyiv, which Russia failed to capture. Adam Schrek And Cara Anna, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2022 In a further sign the chancellor and his family are now under the UK. Joe Mayes, Bloomberg.com, 8 Apr. 2022 The settlement prevents Castro from suing the university in connection with his time as CSU chancellor or Fresno State president, the agreement shows. Kenny Jacoby, USA TODAY, 4 Mar. 2022 Castro was the eighth chancellor and first Mexican American person to lead the CSU system and had been president of CSU Fresno since 2013. Andres Picon, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Feb. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of chancellor was before the 12th century

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“Chancellor.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancellor. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chancellor

noun

chan·​cel·​lor ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio)
1
: the chief minister of state in some European countries
2
: the head of a university

Legal Definition

chancellor

noun

chan·​cel·​lor ˈchan-sə-lər How to pronounce chancellor (audio)
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
a
: 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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