[woo l-sak]


a sack or bag of wool.
  1. (in the House of Lords) one of a number of cloth-covered seats or divans stuffed with wool, for the use of judges, especially one for the Lord Chancellor.
  2. the Lord Chancellor's office.

Origin of woolsack

Middle English word dating back to 1250–1300; see origin at wool, sack1
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Related Words for woolsack

buffer, headrest, mat, bolster, hassock, fender, rest, seat, sham, beanbag, squab, bumper

Examples from the Web for woolsack

Historical Examples of woolsack

  • A military lord rose to order, and appealed to the Woolsack.

  • Do you not see a woolsack in store for you as you look upon these brave fellows?'

    Micah Clarke

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • If he 'd have gone to the bar, he'd have ended on the woolsack.

    Tony Butler

    Charles James Lever

  • We'll have you on the Woolsack yet, and we'll say no more about the other business.'

  • But I'm afraid it wouldn't do, even if I wrote them in secret, under the Woolsack.

British Dictionary definitions for woolsack



a sack containing or intended to contain wool
(in Britain) the seat of the Lord Chancellor in the House of Lords, formerly made of a large square sack of wool
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