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 chancellor has a reputation for stamina garnered in years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons. Washington Post, "German leader Merkel seen shaking for 3rd time in a month," 11 July 2019 The chancellor has a reputation for stamina garnered in years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons. Time, "German Chancellor Angela Merkel Spotted Visibly Shaking at Third Recent Public Event," 10 July 2019 The chancellor has a reputation for stamina garnered in years of late-night domestic and European negotiating marathons. Fox News, "Angela Merkel seen shaking at event in Berlin, second time in just over a week," 27 June 2019 The new chancellor has publications in multiple mathematic academic journals and publishes on issues such as supporting diversity in university leadership and enriching the student experience, according to the news release. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "Jeremy Haefner named 19th chancellor of University of Denver," 13 June 2019 This is widely expected to be the 64-year-old Merkel’s final term, though the chancellor hasn’t yet set out her future plans. Geir Moulson, The Seattle Times, "Merkel’s party ousts close ally of chancellor from top post," 25 Sep. 2018 Tillet says that the letter to the chancellor currently has nearly 1,300 signatures and roughly half are UIC students, faculty and staff. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "UIC staff, students call for R. Kelly concert to be canceled," 27 Apr. 2018 By the time Daniel left the university to join the UT System as deputy chancellor in 2015, Benson had his own sights set on UT-Dallas. Washington Post, "University of Texas at Dallas celebrates 50th anniversary," 20 Aug. 2019 By the time Daniel left the university to join the UT System as deputy chancellor in 2015, Benson had his own sights set on UT-Dallas. María Méndez, Dallas News, "How UT Dallas evolved from a small research center into one of the fastest-growing universities in just 50 years," 18 Aug. 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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