- the chief minister of state in certain parliamentary governments, as in Germany; prime minister; premier.
- the chief administrative officer in certain American universities.
- a secretary, as to a king or noble or of an embassy.
- the priest in charge of a Roman Catholic chancery.
- the title of various important judges and other high officials.
- (in some states of the U.S.) the judge of a court of equity or chancery.
- British. the honorary, nonresident, titular head of a university.
Origin of chancellor
Examples from the Web for chancellor
Former Ole Miss chancellor Robert Khayat explains how his school solved the problem.Stars and Bars on Cars in Texas
July 28, 2014
As chancellor of the University of Mississippi, Robert Khayat helped remove confederate flags from the football stadium.Rebels Rise Again Over Flag Banning
July 28, 2014
But in her clear-eyed understanding of the Russian threat, the Chancellor is an exception among the German political class.Why We Need to Spy on the Germans
July 9, 2014
The chancellor seemed what can only be described as nervously-at-ease throughout the encounter with the six children.
It was now safely back in its cage, although the chancellor sometimes let it play in the bath, he said.
His eyes rested a moment on the striking figure of the Chancellor's daughter.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
Then Charles took counsel in the matter with the Chancellor.The Historical Nights Entertainment, Second Series
Leopold saw it, and remembered, as the Chancellor hoped he would.
Egon gave a laugh at his own repartee, but the Chancellor heard neither.
“The creature must be a fool, or an adventuress,” pronounced the Chancellor.
- the head of the government in several European countries
- US the president of a university or, in some colleges, the chief administrative officer
- British and Canadian the honorary head of a universityCompare vice chancellor (def. 1)
- US (in some states) the presiding judge of a court of chancery or equity
- British the chief secretary of an embassy
- Christianity a clergyman acting as the law officer of a bishop
- archaic the chief secretary of a prince, nobleman, etc
Word Origin and History for chancellor
early 12c., from Old French chancelier (12c.), from Late Latin cancellarius "keeper of the barrier, secretary, usher of a law court," so called because he worked behind a lattice (Latin cancellus) at a basilica or law court (see chancel). In the Roman Empire, a sort of court usher; the post gradually gained importance in the Western kingdoms. A variant form, canceler, existed in Old English, from Old North French, but was replaced by this central French form.