Exchequer definition

ĕkschĕkər, ĭks-chĕkər
The funds in the British treasury.
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Exchequer is defined as a royal or national treasury or is defined as the account into which tax funds and other public funds are deposited.

The treasury of the English government is an example of an exchequer.

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A treasury, as of a nation or organization.
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Another name for the U.K. Treasury. The person in the United Kingdom who is responsible for the treasury is the chancellor of the exchequer. The word exchequer comes from an oblong, cloth-covered table with squares like those on a chequer (checker) board. In times past, the table was used as an abacus using the place value of the squares to tally tax revenues. ex-dividend A stock on which the current owner has no right to a declared dividend. When a company declares a dividend, it sets a record date on which a person must hold the stock in order to receive the dividend. When the company sets the record date, the stock exchange set the ex-dividend date, which typically is two business days before the record date. If the stock is purchased on or after its ex- dividend date, the shareholder is not eligible to receive the next dividend payment. Instead, the dividend payment goes to the seller.
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A treasury, as of a country or organization.
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Financial resources; funds.
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Money in one's possession; funds; finances.
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Under the Norman kings of England, an administrative and judicial state department in charge of revenue.
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Later, the British Court of Exchequer, which had jurisdiction over all cases relating to government revenue, now merged in the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court of Justice.
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The British state department in charge of the national revenue.
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An available fund of money, especially one for a specific purpose.
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The British governmental department charged with the collection and management of the national revenue.
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In Great Britain, the Court of Exchequer.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
exchequer
Plural:
exchequers

Origin of exchequer

  • Alteration of Middle English escheker from Old French eschequier counting table, chessboard from eschec check check

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

  • From Anglo-Norman escheker (“chessboard”); from Medieval Latin scaccarium. This is because the cloth on which the exchequer counted money resembled a chessboard.

    From Wiktionary