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chancery

[chan-suh-ree, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn sə ri, ˈtʃɑn-/
noun, plural chanceries.
1.
the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
2.
an office of public records, especially 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.
  1. Also called court of chancery. a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
  2. equity (defs 3a, b).
5.
the administrative office of a diocese.
6.
Roman Catholic Church. a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
Idioms
7.
in chancery,
  1. Law. in litigation in a court of chancery.
  2. Wrestling, Boxing. (of a contestant's head) held under an opponent's arm.
  3. in a helpless or embarrassing position.
Origin of chancery
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English chancerie, variant of chancelrie, syncopated variant of chancellerie chancellery
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  • Keeping his own pace in society, as well as in the Court of chancery, neither satire nor importunity could ruffle or confuse him.

    A Book About Lawyers John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • The bill was filed in chancery by their grandfather, Mr. Westbrook.

    A Dish Of Orts George MacDonald
  • There never was such an infernal cauldron as that chancery on the face of the earth!

    Bleak House Charles Dickens
  • With us their independence is secured by the Injunction of the Court of chancery.

    Ancient Law Sir Henry James Sumner Maine
  • In 1596 restrictions were imposed on the powers of the chancery, and in 1646 the palatinate was formally abolished.

  • Live there quietly, and in a month apply for work at the chancery; it will be given you.

    In Kings' Byways Stanley J. Weyman
  • Writs, both those of course and others, issued from chancery in the same reign.

  • Her separation from her husband is the consequence, but her fortune is thrown into chancery.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • Like a flash his neck was clipped in the big man's left arm: Josh Perrott was in chancery.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • Judge Stephen A. Douglas also appointed him a master in chancery.

    The Story of the Mormons William Alexander Linn
British Dictionary definitions for chancery

chancery

/ˈtʃɑːnsərɪ/
noun (pl) -ceries
1.
Also called Chancery Division. (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice
2.
Also called court of chancery. (in the US) a court of equity
3.
(Brit) the political section or offices of an embassy or legation
4.
another name for chancellery
5.
a court of public records; archives
6.
(Christianity) a diocesan office under the supervision of a bishop's chancellor, having custody of archives, issuing official enactments, etc
7.
in chancery
  1. (law) (of a suit) pending in a court of equity
  2. (wrestling, boxing) (of a competitor's head) locked under an opponent's arm
  3. in an awkward or helpless situation
Word Origin
C14: shortened from chancellery
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Word Origin and History for chancery
n.

late 14c., "court of the Lord Chancellor of England," contracted from chancellery (c.1300), from Old French chancelerie (12c.), from Medieval Latin cancellaria (see chancellor).

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