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Woolsack Line breaks: Wool|sack
Pronunciation: /ˈwʊlsak/

Definition of Woolsack in English:


1(In the UK) the Lord Chancellor’s wool-stuffed seat in the House of Lords. It is said to have been adopted in Edward III’s reign as a reminder to the Lords of the importance to England of the wool trade.
Example sentences
  • Her husband - an Earl - became nearly as notorious when he leapt on the Woolsack in the House of Lords and exclaimed ‘Treason!’
  • By Friday, the hyper-crony was seated on the Woolsack, smirking like a small boy who had been allowed to drive his father's car.
  • In 1621 the Standing Orders of the House of Lords stated: ‘That the Lord Chancellor sitteth upon the Woolsack as Speaker of the House.’
1.1 (the Woolsack) The position of Lord Chancellor.
Example sentences
  • He had no objection, he said, to the Woolsack; but a career of political distinction was growing slowly but surely to be his leading aim in life.
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