Definition of Lord Chancellor in English:

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Lord Chancellor

Pronunciation: /lôrd ˈCHans(ə)lər/
(also Lord High Chancellor)


1(In the UK) the highest officer of the Crown, responsible for the efficient functioning and independence of the courts, and formerly presiding over the House of Lords, the Chancery Division, or the Court of Appeal.
Example sentences
  • Irrespective of whether there is a Lord Chancellor and an impressive new Supreme Court, the position of the judiciary has been demonstrated to be far too exposed.
  • With circuit judges, Lord Chancellors have statutory power to dismiss for misconduct or incapacity.
  • Before issuing either Code, the Secretary of State and Lord Chancellor must consult the Information Commissioner.
1.1 historical An officer of state acting as head of the judiciary and administrator of the royal household.
Example sentences
  • The titles given are those held by both Lord Chancellors and Lord Keeper at the time they held the Great Seal.
  • It was this Lord Chancellor, after all, who gaily announced that he had abolished himself, only to discover that the constitution didn't allow him to do so.
  • So they took the Lord Chancellor hostage, holding him on the Woolsack until the legislation abolishing him.

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Syllabification: Lord Chan·cel·lor

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