Chancery Definition

chănsə-rē
chanceries
noun
chanceries
A court of equity.
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The laws, practice, and proceedings of a court of equity.
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A division of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales, presided over by the Lord High Chancellor of England.
Webster's New World
A court of record; office of public archives.
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idiom
in chancery
  • in process of litigation in a court of equity
  • in an awkward or helpless situation
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Other Word Forms of Chancery

Noun

Singular:
chancery
Plural:
chanceries

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Chancery

  • in chancery

Origin of Chancery

  • French chancellerie, from Late Latin cancellaria, from Latin cancellarius, from cancellus (“lattice”) (English chancel), from cancelli (“grating, bars”) (from which cancel (“cross out (with lines, as in a latticework)”)), from the lattice-work that separated a section of a church or court.

    From Wiktionary

  • See related chancellor and chancellery, and the more distantly related incarcerate (“put behind bars”), from carcer (“prison”).

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  • Middle English chancerie alteration of chancelrie chancellery

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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