court of chancery


noun Law.


chancery

[chan-suh-ree, chahn-]

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.
Law.
  1. Also called court of chancery.a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
  2. equity(defs 3a, b).
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.

Idioms

    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.

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

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
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

Word Origin for chancery

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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