- (often initial capital letter) the governmental department in charge of the public revenues.
- (formerly) an office administering the royal revenues and determining all cases affecting them.
- (initial capital letter)Also called Court of Exchequer. an ancient common-law court of civil jurisdiction in which cases affecting the revenues of the crown were tried, now merged in the King's Bench Division of the High Court.
Origin of exchequer
Examples from the Web for exchequer
A video of George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer... skipping rope.Politicians Jumping Rope Look About as Awkward as You'd Expect|Justin Green|February 28, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It's written by the wife of the man likely to be Britain's next chancellor of the Exchequer.
A British prime minister feuding with his chancellor of the exchequer.
Gordon Brown loved being Chancellor of the Exchequer, because finance is the one thing he really knows about.
The bill was introduced and carried through by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.A History of Banks for Savings in Great Britain and Ireland|William Lewins
Everything we eat is taxed, and there is no exchequer that is not substantially supported by lovers of good living.
Of course I speak of the exchequer feature of the plan alone.Thirty Years' View (Vol. II of 2)|Thomas Hart Benton
If it were accepted there was no logical reason why even the Chancellor of the Exchequer should have a seat in the House.
Delamere, chancellor of the exchequer, promoted in the sequel to the rank of earl of Warrington, was close and mercenary.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.II.|Tobias Smollett
British Dictionary definitions for exchequer (1 of 2)
Word Origin for exchequer
British Dictionary definitions for exchequer (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for exchequer
Government financial sense began under the Norman kings of England and refers to a cloth divided in squares that covered a table on which accounts of revenue were reckoned with counters, and which apparently reminded people of a chess board. Respelled with an -x- based on the mistaken belief that it originally was a Latin ex- word.