Definitions for chancellorˈtʃæn sə lər, -slər, ˈtʃɑn-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chan•cel•lorˈtʃæn sə lər, -slər, ˈtʃɑn-(n.)

  1. the chief minister of state in some parliamentary governments, as in Germany.

    Category: Government

  2. the chief administrative officer in some American universities.

    Category: Education

  3. the chief secretary of a king or noble, or of an embassy.

    Category: Government

  4. the priest in charge of a Roman Catholic chancery.

    Category: Religion

  5. the title of various important officials in the British government.

    Category: Government

  6. (in some states) the judge of a court of equity.

    Category: Law

  7. Brit. the honorary, nonresident, titular head of a university.

    Category: British

Origin of chancellor:

1100–50; ME chaunceler, late OE canceler < ONF, OF < LL cancellārius doorkeeper, lit., man at the barrier


Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Chancellor(noun)

    the British cabinet minister responsible for finance

  2. chancellor, premier, prime minister(noun)

    the person who is head of state (in several countries)

  3. chancellor(noun)

    the honorary or titular head of a university


  1. chancellor(Noun)

    A judicial court of chancery, which in England and in the United States is distinctively a court with equity jurisdiction.

  2. chancellor(Noun)

    Head of a chancery.

  3. chancellor(Noun)

    An important notary; a person in charge of some area of government, often justice or finance.

  4. chancellor(Noun)

    The head of a university, sometimes purely ceremonial.

  5. chancellor(Noun)

    The head of parliamentary government in some German speaking countries.

  6. chancellor(Noun)

    A record keeper for a diocese or equivalent religious area.

  7. chancellor(Noun)

    Foreman of a jury.

  8. chancellor(Noun)

    Chancellor of the Exchequer.

  9. Origin: chaunceler, from chancelier, from cancellarius, a director of chancery, from . See chancel.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chancellor(noun)

    a judicial court of chancery, which in England and in the United States is distinctively a court with equity jurisdiction


  1. Chancellor

    Chancellor is the title of various official positions in the governments of many nations. The original chancellors were the Cancellarii of Roman courts of justice—ushers who sat at the cancelli or lattice work screens of a basilica or law court, which separated the judge and counsel from the audience. A chancellor's office is called a chancellery or chancery. The word is now used in the titles of many various officers in all kinds of settings. Nowadays the term is most often used to describe: ⁕the head of the government ⁕a person in charge of foreign affairs ⁕a person with duties related to justice ⁕a person in charge of financial and economic matters ⁕the head of a university

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chancellor' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2762

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chancellor' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3742

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chancellor' in Nouns Frequency: #1177

Translations for chancellor

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a state or legal official of various kinds

The Lord Chancellor is the head of the English legal system.

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