- a royal English court or tribunal abolished in 1641, notorious for its secret sessions without jury, and for its harsh and arbitrary judgments and its use of torture to force confessions
- [alsos- c-] any similar tribunal or inquisitorial body
Origin of Star ChamberME, earlier Sterred Chambre: said to be so called because the ceiling was ornamented with stars
- A 15th-century to 17th-century English court consisting of judges who were appointed by the Crown and sat in closed session on cases involving state security.
- star chamber A court or group that engages in secret, harsh, or arbitrary procedures.
Origin of Star ChamberSo called because the ceiling of the original courtroom was decorated with stars
Origin of star-chamberFrom Star Chamber
(plural star chambers)
From Star Chamber, an English court of law that sat at the royal Palace of Westminster from the late 15th century until 1641. The court was set up to ensure the fair enforcement of laws against prominent people, but over time it evolved into a political weapon, a symbol of the misuse and abuse of power by the English monarchy and courts.