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Definitions for Exchequer
ˈɛks tʃɛk ər, ɪksˈtʃɛk ərex·che·quer

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. treasury, exchequernoun

    the funds of a government or institution or individual


  1. exchequernoun

    a treasury

  2. exchequernoun

    an available fund of money, especially one for a specific purpose

  3. Exchequernoun

    the government department that collects and manages revenue

  4. Etymology: From escheker; from scaccarium. This is because the grid on which the exchequer counted money resembled a chessboard.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Exchequernoun

    The court to which are brought all the revenues belonging to the crown. It consists of two parts; whereof one dealeth specially in the hearing and deciding of all causes appertaining to the king’s coffers: the other is called the receipt of the exchequer, which is properly employed in the receiving and paying of money. It is also a court of record, wherein all causes touching the revenues of the crown are handled. John Harris

    Etymology: eschequeir, Norman French; schaccharium, low Latin, from schatz, a treasure, German.

    I will be cheater to them both, and they shall be exchequers to me: they shall be my East and West Indies. William Shakespeare.

    Your treasures
    Are quite exhausted, the exchequer’s empty. John Denham, Sophy.

    Clipped money will pass whilst the king’s bankers and at last the exchequer takes it. John Locke.


  1. Exchequer

    In the civil service of the United Kingdom, His Majesty’s Exchequer, or just the Exchequer, is the accounting process of central government and the government's current account (i.e., money held from taxation and other government revenues) in the Consolidated Fund. It can be found used in various financial documents including the latest departmental and agency annual accounts.It was the name of a British government department responsible for the collection and the management of taxes and revenues; of making payments on behalf of the sovereign and auditing official accounts. It also developed a judicial role along with its accountancy responsibilities and tried legal cases relating to revenue.Similar offices were later created in Normandy around 1180, in Scotland around 1200 and in Ireland in 1210.


  1. exchequer

    An exchequer is a term used to refer to a government department or office responsible for managing and collecting public revenue, particularly relating to taxation and borrowing. It is traditionally associated with the treasury department. The term originated from the British financial system and was first used to describe a bench used by officials to count coins.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exchequernoun

    one of the superior courts of law; -- so called from a checkered cloth, which covers, or formerly covered, the table

  2. Exchequernoun

    the department of state having charge of the collection and management of the royal revenue. [Eng.] Hence, the treasury; and, colloquially, pecuniary possessions in general; as, the company's exchequer is low

  3. Exchequerverb

    to institute a process against (any one) in the Court of Exchequer

  4. Etymology: [OE. escheker, OF. eichekier, fr. LL. scaccarium. See Checker, Chess, Check.]


  1. Exchequer

    The Exchequer is a government department of the United Kingdom responsible for the management and collection of taxation and other government revenues. The historical Exchequer developed judicial roles. A similar office existed in Ireland during British rule from 1299 to 1877.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exchequer

    eks-chek′ėr, n. a superior court which had formerly to do only with the revenue, but now also with common law, so named from the chequered cloth which formerly covered the table, and on which the accounts were reckoned.—v.t. to proceed against a person in the Court of Exchequer.—Exchequer bill, bill issued at the Exchequer, under the authority of acts of parliament, as security for money advanced to the government.—Chancellor of the Exchequer (see Chancellor); Court of Exchequer, originally a revenue court, became a division of the High Court of Justice in 1875, and is now merged in the Queen's Bench Division. [From root of check, checker.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Exchequer

    The table of this Court was formerly covered with checkered cloth, so called from the Old French eschequier, chess board.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Exchequer in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Exchequer in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of Exchequer in a Sentence

  1. David Cameron:

    The increasing threat we face including from these so-called self-starting terrorists means that we should now go further in strengthening our capabilities, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will make an additional 130 million pounds available over the next two years including new funding to enhance our ability to monitor and disrupt these self-starting terrorists.

  2. Irungu Nyakera:

    We just have to come up with other creative ways of raising funds other than through the exchequer.

  3. Fergus Ewing:

    In order to prevent the premature decommissioning of fields there needs to be a clear signal sent to the operators, many of whom are headquartered in places like Houston and Calgary, that the UK government gets it, the UK needs to send a signal that it values the industry as an enormous contributor to Scotland and the UK, not as a giant cash machine for the exchequer when the times are good.

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