chan·cel·lor /'chan-sə-lər/ n [Old French chancelier royal secretary, from Late Latin cancellarius doorkeeper, clerk, from Latin cancellus latticework barrier]
1: the head of a chancery: as
a: the Lord Chancellor of Great Britain
b: a judge in a court of equity in various states
2 a: a university president
b: the chief executive officer in some state systems of higher education
3: the chief minister of state in some European countries (as Germany)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

index judge, plenipotentiary

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

(1) A senior officer, especially at a university.
(2) The judge of a court of chancery.
(3) In some European countries, the head of the government.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

From the old English legal system, a chancellor is a judge who sits in what is called a chancery (equity) court. The chancellor has the power to order that something be done, as distinguished from ordering the defendant to pay damages. Almost all U.S. states' courts now combine chancery (equity) functions and law.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

1 Traditionally, the title of the chief judge of a court of chancery.
2 Any judge who sits in a court of equity.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A secretary, secretary of state, or minister of a king or other high nobleman.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A secretary, secretary of state, or minister of a king or other high nobleman.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   from the old English legal system, a chancellor is a judge who sits in what is called a chancery (equity) court with the power to order something be done (as distinguished from just paying damages). Almost all states now combine chancery (equity) functions and law in the same courts.
   See also: equity

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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