Definition of chancery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHans(ə)rē/

noun (plural chanceries)

1US A court of equity.
Example sentences
  • Elsewhere, equity and chancery courts handled the proceedings, as did colonial and state legislative bodies.
  • In Anglo-American law there were two court systems; the law courts and the equity or chancery courts.
  • Overwhelmed by circuit and chancery court lawsuits against the enterprise, he liquidated the company's assets and departed in 1886.
Example sentences
  • I make it quite clear at the outset we do not disavow equity in the sense of chancery.
  • Only a few other states have separate courts of chancery, and none specialize in corporation law the way that Delaware does.
1.2 historical The court of a bishop’s chancellor.
Example sentences
  • I cannot effect the decisions that are made in Rome or in the chanceries of the US bishops too terribly much.
1.3 (Chancery) British Law The Lord Chancellor’s court, a division of the High Court of Justice.
Example sentences
  • Any person aggrieved by the inclusion of any land by amendment of the register has, by section 14, a right of appeal to the Chancery Division of the High Court.
  • Secondly, after the Judicature Acts 1873-1875 it was possible for some negligence cases to be assigned to the Chancery Division of the High Court; such cases would be heard without a jury.
  • This is an appeal by the claimant below, against an order of His Honour made on 12 March 2001 when he was sitting as an additional judge of the Chancery Division of the High Court.
2chiefly British An office attached to an embassy or consulate.
Example sentences
  • More than 6500 sq m of this stone material has been used in the chancery and the other embassy buildings.
  • The premises of a foreign chancery or embassy are not outside the territory to which the criminal law, otherwise operating in this Territory, applies.
  • The king possessed the chancery, and then the exchequer too: they were becoming busier and busier.
3A public records office.
Example sentences
  • The survival of chancery records from 1199 onwards permits historians to look, for the first time, into the daily routine of the king's government at work.
  • So there is also a kind of trial by media that is taking place before there is a trial by law: the adversarial culture of American law meets the stonewalling culture of the chancery office.


Late Middle English: contraction of chancellery.

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Syllabification: chan·cer·y

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