court of chancery


noun Law.

Definition for court-of-chancery (2 of 2)

chancery

[ chan-suh-ree, chahn- ]
/ ˈtʃæn sə ri, ˈtʃɑn- /

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.

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

/ (ˈtʃɑːnsərɪ) /

noun plural -ceries

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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