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
Recent Examples on the Web Below that level is the chancellor of D.C. Public Schools, at $280,000 a year. Donna St. George, Washington Post, "Schools superintendent in Maryland gets a raise to $315,000," 28 Feb. 2020 Sandeen in 2018 left her post at UW to become chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage. Eric Litke, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Who received the voter purge letter? State lawmakers, a cabinet secretary and a former UW chancellor," 31 Jan. 2020 In 19 33, Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 30 Jan. 2020 Advice Today's comics Today's obituaries Today in history In 1933: Adolf Hitler became chancellor of Germany. Amy Wang | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Portland labor dispute led to $94 million jury award that could undo major union: Morning Briefing for Thursday, Jan. 30," 30 Jan. 2020 But over the summer, Zerwas quit to become chancellor of the University of Texas system’s health science centers. Robert T. Garrett, Dallas News, "Tarrant County lawmaker tapped to be Texas House’s chief budget writer," 17 Jan. 2020 Witty is former chancellor of the University of Nottingham, U.K., and was knighted in 2012 for services to the British economy. Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Business People: Witty named UnitedHealth Group president," 17 Nov. 2019 Mr McDonnell is shadow chancellor and Jeremy Corbyn, his friend and socialist ally, is leader. The Economist, "A Labour government would radically transform Britain," 30 Oct. 2019 Tony Frank is chancellor of the Colorado State University System. Tony Frank, The Denver Post, "Tony Frank and Mark Kennedy: Keeping the collaborative and competitive spirit of the Rocky Mountain Showdown alive," 29 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancellor. Accessed 30 Mar. 2020.

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chancellor

noun
How to pronounce chancellor (audio)

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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