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court of chancery

noun Law.
  1. chancery(def 4a).
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chancery

[chan-suh-ree, chahn-]
noun, plural chan·cer·ies.
  1. the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
  2. an office of public records, especially those of the Lord Chancellor in England.
  3. (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice.
  4. Law.
    1. Also called court of chancery.a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
    2. equity(defs 3a, b).
  5. the administrative office of a diocese.
  6. Roman Catholic Church. a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
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Idioms
  1. 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.
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Origin of chancery

1325–75; Middle English chancerie, variant of chancelrie, syncopated variant of chancellerie chancellery
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British Dictionary definitions for court-of-chancery

chancery

noun plural -ceries
  1. Also called: Chancery Division (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice
  2. Also called: court of chancery (in the US) a court of equity
  3. British the political section or offices of an embassy or legation
  4. another name for chancellery
  5. a court of public records; archives
  6. Christianity a diocesan office under the supervision of a bishop's chancellor, having custody of archives, issuing official enactments, etc
  7. 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
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Word Origin

C14: shortened from chancellery
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Word Origin and History for court-of-chancery

chancery

n.

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).

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