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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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 trend shows no signs of slowing, said Nathan Evans, chief of staff for the CSU chancellor's office. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018 Seehofer has been critical of the chancellor's welcoming policy toward migrants since late 2015, when Merkel decided not to order people turned back at Germany's borders. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 The house was put up for sale to help cover the foundation's debts, and the current chancellor had to move out. Karen Herzog, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be open and let chips fall where they may, experts advise in UW-Oshkosh scandal," 28 Apr. 2018 So the chancellor eventually invites them back to the city to joyous reunions. Julissa Treviño, Smithsonian, "1924 Film That Anticipates the Holocaust Found and Restored," 7 Apr. 2018 At Monday’s board meeting, UT’s board voted in a new requirement: The chancellor must annually report how revenue from tuition and fee increases is used. Lindsay Ellis, San Antonio Express-News, "UT joins A&M in raising tuition for next fall," 19 Mar. 2018 Brian Lang, the principal and vice chancellor of their college, St. Andrews University. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "The Head of Prince William and Kate Middleton's College Predicted Their Marriage," 4 May 2019 The chancellor of New York City schools testified for more than two hours at a City Council hearing Wednesday, staunchly defending the view that the admissions test for eight elite high schools must be abolished. Leslie Brody, WSJ, "New York City Chancellor Affirms Push to End Elite-Schools Test," 1 May 2019 As the partnership takes shape, graduate researchers plan to push for a greater role in the process, possibly developing a governance committee to advise the chancellor. Josh Dzieza, The Verge, "Foxconn’s $100M deal with the University of Wisconsin has students worried," 5 Nov. 2018

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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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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


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


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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