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[chan-suh-ree, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn sə ri, ˈtʃɑn-/
noun, plural chanceries.
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.
  1. Also called court of chancery. a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
  2. equity (defs 3a, b).
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,
  1. Law. in litigation in a court of chancery.
  2. Wrestling, Boxing. (of a contestant's head) held under an opponent's arm.
  3. in a helpless or embarrassing position.
Origin of chancery
1325-75; Middle English chancerie, variant of chancelrie, syncopated variant of chancellerie chancellery Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chancery
Historical Examples
  • The bill was filed in chancery by their grandfather, Mr. Westbrook.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • They touched the summons from the chancery Court, and he picked it up.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • 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
  • It was leased to the Cambrian, but got into chancery and was closed a few years later.

    The Story of the Cambrian C. P. Gasquoine
  • We should have had piracies, chancery injunctions, and the d———1 to pay; but alas!

  • In 1644 he left chancery Lane, and probably retired from trade.

  • Judge Stephen A. Douglas also appointed him a master in chancery.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
  • His property is now in chancery, because he chose to make his own will.

    The Greville Memoirs (Second Part) Charles C. F. Greville
British Dictionary definitions for chancery


noun (pl) -ceries
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
(Brit) 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
  1. (law) (of a suit) pending in a court of equity
  2. (wrestling, boxing) (of a competitor's head) locked under an opponent's arm
  3. in an awkward or helpless situation
Word Origin
C14: shortened from chancellery
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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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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