Definition of


  1. (noun, group) a court with jurisdiction in equity
  2. (noun, artifact) an office of archives for public or ecclesiastic records; a court of public records

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Synonyms of Chancery

court of chancery

Alternate forms of Chancery

Hypernyms: archive, court, judicature, tribunal

Origin of the word Chancery

  1. late 14c., "court of the Lord Chancellor of England," from O.Fr. chauncelerie, from M.L. cancellaria (see chancellor). In England, the highest court of judicature next to the House of Lords until the act of 1873. more

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