- the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
- an office of public records, especially those of the Lord Chancellor in England.
- (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice.
- the administrative office of a diocese.
- Roman Catholic Church. a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
- in chancery,
- Law.in litigation in a court of chancery.
- Wrestling, Boxing.(of a contestant's head) held under an opponent's arm.
- in a helpless or embarrassing position.
Origin of chancery
Examples from the Web for chancery
The bill was filed in Chancery by their grandfather, Mr. Westbrook.A Dish Of Orts
They touched the summons from the Chancery Court, and he picked it up.The Manxman
With us their independence is secured by the Injunction of the Court of Chancery.Ancient Law
Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
Live there quietly, and in a month apply for work at the Chancery; it will be given you.In Kings' Byways
Stanley J. Weyman
Her separation from her husband is the consequence, but her fortune is thrown into chancery.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
- Also called: Chancery Division (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice
- Also called: court of chancery (in the US) a court of equity
- British the political section or offices of an embassy or legation
- another name for chancellery
- a court of public records; archives
- Christianity a diocesan office under the supervision of a bishop's chancellor, having custody of archives, issuing official enactments, etc
- in chancery
- law(of a suit) pending in a court of equity
- wrestling boxing(of a competitor's head) locked under an opponent's arm
- in an awkward or helpless situation
Word Origin and History for chancery
late 14c., "court of the Lord Chancellor of England," contracted from chancellery (c.1300), from Old French chancelerie (12c.), from Medieval Latin cancellaria (see chancellor).