chancellor

Use the noun chancellor to describe the president of your college, or the head of the German government.

The word chancellor is often capitalized, depending on whom it's being used to describe. Many governments use the term to describe people with varying amounts of power, from the head of state to judges and financial officials. The head of a university is frequently called a chancellor too. The Latin root is cancellarius, an usher or guard in a court of law.

Definitions of chancellor
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n the person who is head of state (in several countries)

Synonyms:
premier, prime minister
Types:
taoiseach
the prime minister of the Irish Republic
Type of:
chief of state, head of state
the chief public representative of a country who may also be the head of government

n the honorary or titular head of a university

Type of:
head, head teacher, principal, school principal
the educator who has executive authority for a school

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