Pronunciation: (chan'su-rē, chän'-),[key] —n., —pl.-cer•ies. 1. the office or department of a chancellor; chancellery.
2. an office of public records, esp. those of the Lord Chancellor in England.
3. (in England) the Lord Chancellor's court, now a division of the High Court of Justice.
4. Law. a. Also called court of chancery. a court having jurisdiction in equity; court of equity.
b. equity (defs. 3a, b).
5. the administrative office of a diocese.
6. Rom. Cath. Ch.a department of the Curia Romana now having the responsibility for issuing bulls to establish new dioceses, benefices, etc.
7. in chancery, a. Law.in litigation in a court of chancery.
b. Wrestling,Boxing.(of a contestant's head) held under an opponent's arm.
c. in a helpless or embarrassing position.