|1.||English history the Privy Council sitting as a court of equity, esp powerful under the Tudor monarchs; abolished 1641|
|2.||(sometimes not capitals) any arbitrary tribunal dispensing summary justice|
|3.||(sometimes not capitals) (in Britain, in a Conservative government) a group of senior ministers who make the final decision on the public spending of each government department|
A royal court that began in England in the Middle Ages; cases were heard there without juries. Under the early Stuart kings, it was known for its tyrannical judgments. The name came from the courtroom's ceiling, which was painted with stars.
Note: Star Chamber is used as a general descriptive term for arbitrary tactics by a judge.