chancery


chancery
/chan"seuh ree, chahn"-/, n., pl. chanceries.
1. the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
2. an office of public records, esp. those of the Lord Chancellor in England.
3. (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice.
4. Law.
a. Also called court of chancery. a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
b. equity (defs. 3a, b).
5. the administrative office of a diocese.
6. Rom. Cath. Ch. a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
7. in chancery,
a. Law. in litigation in a court of chancery.
b. Wrestling, Boxing. (of a contestant's head) held under an opponent's arm.
c. in a helpless or embarrassing position.
[1325-75; ME chancerie, var. of CHANCELRIE, syncopated var. of CHANCELLERIE CHANCELLERY]

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Court of public record and archive of state documents.

The chancery system of the Roman Empire served as the model for the royal chanceries of medieval France and Germany. Medieval royal chanceries were headed by archchancellors and chancellors, who oversaw the work of scribes and notaries and sometimes served as advisers to the monarch.

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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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