noun, plural chan·cer·ies.
- chancellor of the exchequer,
- chancellorsville, battle of,
- 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
What is the good of having these Chancery proceedings against Jermyn?Felix Holt, The Radical|George Eliot
It was, however, clear that nothing could be done without application to the Court of Chancery.He Knew He Was Right|Anthony Trollope
In the course of years people seemed to forget all about the property in Chancery, and to ignore her as quite a poor woman.Johnny Ludlow. First Series|Mrs. Henry Wood
Bell said that they had several hundred people in the chancery and were preparing for a heavy blow.A Journal From Our Legation in Belgium|Hugh Gibson
In Great Britain, a “folio” is taken to contain 72 words, except in parliamentary and chancery documents, when the number is 90.
noun plural -ceries
- 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 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).