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the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
an office of public records, especially those of the Lord Chancellor in England.
(in England) the Lord Chancellor’s court, now a division of the High Court of Justice.

Also called court of chancery. a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
equity (defs 3a, b).

the administrative office of a diocese.
Roman Catholic Church. a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
in chancery,

Law. in litigation in a court of chancery.
Wrestling, Boxing. (of a contestant’s head) held under an opponent’s arm.
in a helpless or embarrassing position.

noun (pl) -ceries
Also called Chancery Division. (in England) the Lord Chancellor’s court, now a division of the High Court of Justice
Also called court of chancery. (in the US) a court of equity
(Brit) the political section or offices of an embassy or legation
another name for chancellery
a court of public records; archives
(Christianity) a diocesan office under the supervision of a bishop’s chancellor, having custody of archives, issuing official enactments, etc
in chancery

(law) (of a suit) pending in a court of equity
(wrestling, boxing) (of a competitor’s head) locked under an opponent’s arm
in an awkward or helpless situation


late 14c., “court of the Lord Chancellor of England,” contracted from chancellery (c.1300), from Old French chancelerie (12c.), from Medieval Latin cancellaria (see chancellor).


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