- a treasury, as of a state or nation.
- (in Great Britain)
- (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.
- Informal. one's financial resources; funds: I'd love to go, but the exchequer is a bit low.
Origin of exchequer
Related Wordsmoney, reward, prize, gift, wealth, fund, treasury, store, stock, coffer, bank, exchequer, officer, trunk, wherewithal, means, funds, stake, present, resources
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
February 28, 2013
It's written by the wife of the man likely to be Britain's next chancellor of the Exchequer.A Political Wife's Tell-All
June 6, 2009
A British prime minister feuding with his chancellor of the exchequer.The Bitter Feud on Downing Street
March 29, 2009
Gordon Brown loved being Chancellor of the Exchequer, because finance is the one thing he really knows about.The Unlikely Hero
October 13, 2008
But for this change of study he might not have become the greatest of Chancellors of the Exchequer.The Grand Old Man
Richard B. Cook
Near one, and I have an appointment with the Chancellor of the Exchequer.Davenport Dunn, Volume 2 (of 2)
Charles James Lever
But his letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer seemed to be merely foolish.The Red Hand of Ulster
George A. Birmingham
Thereby the solvency of the German exchequer would be moderately insured.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
Talk of your Chancellors of the Exchequer and their problems!All Roads Lead to Calvary
Jerome K. Jerome
- (often capital) government (in Britain and certain other countries) the accounting department of the Treasury, responsible for receiving and issuing funds
- informal personal funds; finances
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.