court of chancery
noun, plural chan·cer·ies.
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.
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.
- 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
1325–75; Middle English chancerie, variant of chancelrie, syncopated variant of chancellerie chancellery
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noun plural -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
British 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
- 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
C14: shortened from chancellery
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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