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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During a ceremony in the scorching heat, the German chancellor visibly trembled. Washington Post, "Germany’s Angela Merkel spotted shaking for second time in 10 days. Her office insists she is fine.," 27 June 2019 The German chancellor is expected to entertain alternative figures at the next discussion. Charlemagne | Brussels, The Economist, "EU leaders fail to agree on who should lead the union for the next five years," 21 June 2019 He was recently appointed as chancellor of the University of Maine System. Slade Rand, courant.com, "Former Gov. Malloy leads groundbreaking for new visitor information center at Elizabeth Park," 20 June 2019 After the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, unilaterally decided to let in hundreds of thousands of refugees in 2015, the backlash intensified. Anne Applebaum, The New York Review of Books, "The Lure of Western Europe," 6 June 2019 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

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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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