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. Julian Reichelt:

    Germany is the architect of the European failure because Germany and Chancellor Angela Merkel were behind pushing for the European process that was a failure from the beginning, chancellor Angela Merkel wanted to make it all about Europe and Chancellor Angela Merkel being a great European.

  2. Michael Gove:

    I listened to the chancellor and I found his words incredibly reassuring, the chancellor's statement today provided the reassurance that people need, and I am looking forward to hearing from the prime minister later.

  3. Frank Wolf:

    Vice Chancellor Gabriel Signar need American intelligence, American special ops, but Vice Chancellor Gabriel Signar need boots on the ground from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Jordan, they need to start participating. This is absolutely critical before giving them weapons and aid.

  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. One NATO diplomat:

    Targeting Chancellor Angela Merkel, especially Chancellor Angela Merkel immigration strategy in the past, is exactly what he wants to attack, chancellor Angela Merkel has allowed in a lot of immigrants. He's found that these attacks work, and can produce a great deal of damage. Some will make this a big issue.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. jejune
    • B. currish
    • C. tantamount
    • D. askant

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