What does Chancellor mean?

Definitions for Chancellor
ˈtʃæn sə lər, -slər, ˈtʃɑn-chan·cel·lor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chancellor of the Exchequer, Chancellornoun

    the British cabinet minister responsible for finance

  2. chancellor, premier, prime ministernoun

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

  3. chancellornoun

    the honorary or titular head of a university


  1. chancellornoun

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

  2. chancellornoun

    Head of a chancery.

  3. chancellornoun

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

  4. chancellornoun

    The head of a university, sometimes purely ceremonial.

  5. chancellornoun

    The head of parliamentary government in some German speaking countries.

  6. chancellornoun

    A record keeper for a diocese or equivalent religious area.

  7. chancellornoun

    Foreman of a jury.

  8. chancellornoun

    Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Chancellornoun

    Etymology: cancellarius, Lat. chancelier, Fr. from cancellare, literas vel scriptum linea per medium ducta damnare, and seemeth of itself likewise to be derived à cancellis, which signify all one with ϰινϰλιδις, a lettice; that is, a thing made of wood or iron bars, laid crossways one over another, so that a man may see through them in and out. It may be thought that judgment seats were compassed in with bars, to defend the judges and other officers from the press of the multitude, and yet not to hinder any man's view.

    Quæsitus regni tibi cancellarius Angli,
    Primus solliciti mente petendus erit.
    Hic est, qui regni leges cancellat iniquas,
    Et mandata pii principis æqua facit. Verses of Nigel de Wetekre to the bishop of Ely, chancellor to Richard I.

    Turn out, you rogue, how like a beast you lie:
    Go, buckle to the law: Is this an hour
    To stretch your limbs? you’ll ne’er be chancellor. John Dryden.

    Aristides was a person of the strictest justice, and best acquainted with the laws, as well as forms of their government; so that he was in a manner chancellor of Athens. Jonathan Swift.


  1. chancellor

    A chancellor is a senior official in government, educational institution, or corporation who holds a high-level position. The role and duties of a chancellor often vary. In a university, they may be the ceremonial head or the chief academic officer; in government, they could be the head of government, such as in Germany or head of finance as in UK; and in legal or corporate situations, they often oversee dispute resolution or company procedures. The title is often associated with leadership, decision-making, and governance.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chancellornoun

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

  2. Etymology: [OE. canceler, chaunceler, F. chancelier, LL. cancellarius chancellor, a director of chancery, fr. L. cancelli lattices, crossbars, which surrounded the seat of judgment. See Chancel.]


  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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chancellor

    chan′sel-or, n. (Shak.) secretary: the president of a court of chancery or other court: the official who keeps the registers of an order of knighthood: the titular head of a university: (Scot.) the foreman of a jury.—ns. Chan′cellorship; Chan′cellory.—Chancellor of a cathedral, an officer who formerly had charge of the chapter library, custody of the common seal, superintendence of the choir practices, and headship of the cathedral schools; Chancellor of a diocese, an ecclesiastical judge uniting the functions of vicar-general and official principal, appointed to assist the bishop in questions of ecclesiastical law, and hold his courts for him; Chancellor of the Exchequer, the chief minister of finance in the British government; Lord Chancellor, Lord High Chancellor, the presiding judge of the Court of Chancery, the keeper of the great seal, and the first lay person of the state after the blood-royal. [Fr. chancelier—Low L. cancellarius, orig. an officer that had charge of records, and stood near the cancelli (L.), the crossbars that surrounded the judgment-seat.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chancellor is ranked #7974 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chancellor surname appeared 4,147 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Chancellor.

    76.8% or 3,186 total occurrences were White.
    16.4% or 683 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 101 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 81 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 77 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 19 total occurrences were Asian.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chancellor in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Chancellor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Chancellor in a Sentence

  1. Christiane Wirtz:

    You can assume that this topic was on the agenda during the most recent talks between the chancellor and the Turkish prime minister, press freedom has very great significance to the German government.

  2. German Chancellor Angela Merkel:

    Two people sit by the Barcaccia fountain near almost empty Spanish Steps, in Rome on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) Premier Giuseppe Conte on Wednesday said he will consider requests to toughen Italys already extraordinary anti-virus lockdown. Adding to its efforts, the Italian government also announced a $ 28 billion allocation to fight the outbreak on both medical and economic fronts. The first measures, expected to be outlined Friday, will support health services, the civil protection agency and the labor market. The Vittorio Emanuele shopping arcade appeared almost desert in Milan on Wednesday as Italy mulls even tighter restrictions on daily life. ( AP Photo/Luca Bruno) The World Health Organizationon Wednesdaydeclared the virus a pandemic, noting that the number of cases outside China had exploded13-fold over the past two weeks. There are now more than 118,000 cases of COVID-19 in 114 countries, with 4,291 deaths, WHO Director-GeneralTedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. Other European nations are issuing measures to slow down and control the spread of the virus, and provide a cushion for the economic shock of the outbreak. Spain Spains coronavirus cases have surpassed 2,000, with roughly half of them in the Madrid region, where two-thirds of the countrys 47 virus-related deaths have occurred, the Health Ministry said Wednesday. The number of cases saw a 60 percent increase since Tuesday. United States TOURISTS QUARANTINED IN SPANISH HOTEL AFTER TESTING POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS : HEALTH OFFICIALS Madrids fatalities are high because much of the contagion there is taking place in nursing homes, said Fernando Simn, director of Spains health emergency center. Empty shelves are seen in a supermarket as people begin to stock up on provisions in Madrid on Tuesday. ( AP Photo/Manu Fernandez) Schools and universities in Madrid and two northern regions have been ordered to close for two weeks to help slow the outbreaks spread. Workers were urged to telecommute to help reduce crowds on public transit. Denmark The Scandinavian country saw a 191 percent spike in Spain Spains coronavirus cases, with 90 more infections confirmed on Wednesday, for a total of at least 262. Local Denmark SEES FIRST CORONAVIRUS CASE IN MAN RETURNING FROM ITALY VACATION Denmarks leaders have advised the public to avoid using public transportation, while some schools also closed, Local Denmark reported. Health officials also have advised against shaking hands, a measure that has suspended naturalization ceremonies, which require a mandatory handshake by law, The New York Times reported. Germany With at least 1,300 infections as of Wednesday, Germany so far has only three deaths a low rate that experts attributeto rapid testing as the outbreak unfolded. German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a warning, citingexpert estimates that up to 70 percent of the population could be infected with the virus. HOW IS GERMANY CONTROLLING THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK ? You have to understand that if the virus is there, and the population has no immunity yet to this virus, there are no vaccines and no therapy so far, a high percentage experts say 60 to 70 percent of the population will be infected.

  3. Dieter Kempf:

    I regret the fact that the chancellor's visit to Washington produced no palpable progress on the contentious issues between Germany and the United States.

  4. Duncan Smith:

    The resignation of Iain Duncan Smith reveals a Government in disarray and a Chancellor who has lost the credibility to manage the economy in the interests of the majority of our people, the Chancellor has failed the British people. He should follow the honorable course taken by Iain Duncan Smith and resign.

  5. Angela Merkel:

    Despite all the understandable disquiet... the basis of the conservative bloc is very well aware that no-one can better steer Germany and Europe through this difficult time than the chancellor.

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