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court of chancery

noun, Law.
1.
chancery (def 4a).

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
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English chancerie, variant of chancelrie, syncopated variant of chancellerie chancellery
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British Dictionary definitions for court-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 court-chancery

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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