noun (plural -ceries) Etymology: Middle English chancerie, alteration of chancelerie chancellery, from Anglo-French, from chanceler Date: 14th century 1. a record office for public archives or those of ecclesiastical, legal, or diplomatic proceedings 2. a. capitalized a high court of equity in England and Wales with common-law functions and jurisdiction over causes in equity b. a court of equity in the American judicial system c. the principles and practice of judicial equity 3. a. a chancellor's court or office or the building in which it is located b. the office in which the business of a Roman Catholic diocese is transacted and recorded c. the office of an embassy ; chancellery 3

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  • Chancery — Chan cer*y, n. [F. chancellerie, LL. cancellaria, from L. cancellarius. See {Chancellor}, and cf. {Chancellery}.] 1. In England, formerly, the highest court of judicature next to the Parliament, exercising jurisdiction at law, but chiefly in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • chancery — ► NOUN (pl. chanceries) (Chancery or Chancery Division) Law ▪ (in the UK) the Lord Chancellor s court, a division of the High Court of Justice. ORIGIN contraction of CHANCELLERY(Cf. ↑chancellery) …   English terms dictionary

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  • chancery — (n.) late 14c., court of the Lord Chancellor of England, contracted from chancellery (c.1300), from O.Fr. chancelerie (12c.), from M.L. cancellaria (see CHANCELLOR (Cf. chancellor)). In England, the highest court of judicature next to the House… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Chancery — One of the two great offices of royal administration, the court of the lord *chancellor. Chancery was responsible for the writing of charters, and writs issued in the king s name. Orig. chancery formed part of the royal household; by the 13c, it… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

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  • Chancery — [[t]tʃɑ͟ːnsəri, tʃæ̱ns [/t]] N SING: also in N In Britain, the Chancery or Chancery Division is the Lord Chancellor s court, which is a division of the High Court of Justice …   English dictionary

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