- the highest judicial officer of the British crown: law adviser of the ministry, keeper of the great seal, presiding officer in the House of Lords, etc.
Origin of Lord Chancellor
First recorded in 1490–1500
Also called Lord High Chancellor.
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Examples from the Web for lord chancellor
In the cabinet the lord-chancellor was not an accession of strength.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.
E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
The death of Mary was announced to the two houses, which were then sitting, by Heath bishop of Ely, the lord-chancellor.Memoirs of the Court of Queen Elizabeth
Now, whether one is a van-boy or a lord-chancellor this is bad, for slackness leads to neglect, and neglect to worse things.Our Frank
From that time, as lord-chancellor of England and legate, Wolsey administered every thing in church and state.
More lost no time; never had lord-chancellor displayed such activity.
- British government the cabinet minister who is head of the judiciary in England and Wales and Speaker of the House of Lords
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