chancery

noun

chan·​cery ˈchan(t)-sə-rē How to pronounce chancery (audio)
ˈchan(t)s-rē
plural chanceries
1
: a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings
2
a
capitalized : a high court of equity in England and Wales with common-law functions and jurisdiction over causes in equity
b
: a court of equity in the American judicial system
c
: the principles and practice of judicial equity
3
a
: a chancellor's court or office or the building in which it is located
b
: the office in which the business of a Roman Catholic diocese is transacted and recorded
c
: the office of an embassy : chancellery sense 3
Phrases
in chancery
1
: in litigation in a court of chancery
also : under the superintendence of the lord chancellor
a ward in chancery
2
: in a hopeless predicament

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web There, chancery judges—business law experts—hear cases without juries and can’t award punitive damages. Jef Feeley, Fortune, 10 July 2022 For his part, Musk, despite having to be dragged through the chancery court in Delaware to buy the company, issued reassurances that his motivation is to maintain a digital public square for the common good. Matt Pearce, Los Angeles Times, 28 Oct. 2022 The deal needs to be completed by Friday or a trial will commence that is expected to see a Delaware chancery court judge rule in favor of Twitter and against Musk. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 27 Oct. 2022 The company is asking a Nashville chancery judge for permission to move the remains, which include skeletal pieces and thin wood fragments thought to be from coffins, to the adjacent, 200-year-old Nashville City Cemetery. Jonathan Mattise, ajc, 13 Aug. 2022 The company is asking a Nashville chancery judge for permission to move the remains, which include skeletal pieces and thin wood fragments thought to be from coffins, to the adjacent, 200-year-old Nashville City Cemetery. Jonathan Mattise, al, 13 Aug. 2022 Eventually this function devolved to judicial bodies called chancery courts. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 8 Sep. 2022 The company is asking a Nashville chancery judge for permission to move the remains, which include skeletal pieces and thin wood fragments thought to be from coffins, to the adjacent, 200-year-old Nashville City Cemetery. Jonathan Mattise, ajc, 13 Aug. 2022 Its chancery court judges are business-law experts who hear cases on a fast-track basis. Jef Feeley, Fortune, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English chancerie, alteration of chancelerie chancellery, from Anglo-French, from chanceler

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
The first known use of chancery was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Chancery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chancery. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

chancery

noun

chan·​cery ˈchan(t)s-(ə-)rē How to pronounce chancery (audio)
plural chanceries
: a record office for public archives

Legal Definition

chancery

noun

chan·​cery ˈchan-sə-rē How to pronounce chancery (audio)
1
capitalized : the court having equity jurisdiction in England and Wales and presided over by the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain

Note: Formerly a separate court, the Chancery is now a division of the Supreme Court of Judicature in England.

2
a
: court of equity
cases decided in chancery
b
: the principles and practice of judicial equity
court of chancery
see also equity compare law

Note: There are chancery courts in Arkansas, Delaware, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Tennessee.

History and Etymology for chancery

Middle English chauncery, alteration of chancellerie chancellor's office

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