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Meaning of EXCHEQUER

Pronunciation:  'ekschekur

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the funds of a government or institution or individual

EXCHEQUER is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: treasury
 See Also: bursary, cash in hand, finances, fisc, funds, monetary resource, pecuniary resource, public treasury, subtreasury, till, trough



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*cheq"uer\, n. [OE. escheker, OF. eichekier, fr.
    LL. scaccarium. See {Checker}, {Chess}, {Check}.]
    1. One of the superior courts of law; -- so called from a
       checkered cloth, which covers, or formerly covered, the
       table. [Eng.]
    Note: The exchequer was a court of law and equity. In the
          revenue department, it had jurisdiction over the
          proprietary rights of the crown against subjects; in
          the common law department, it administered justice in
          personal actions between subject and subject. A person
          proceeding against another in the revenue department
          was said to exchequer him. The judges of this court
          were one chief and four puisne barons, so styled. The
          Court of Exchequer Chamber sat as court of error in
          which the judgments of each of the superior courts of
          common law, in England, were subject to revision by the
          judges of the other two sitting collectively. Causes
          involving difficult questions of law were sometimes
          after argument, adjourned into this court from the
          other courts, for debate before judgment in the court
          below. Recent legislation in England (1880) has
          abolished the Court of Exchequer and the Court of
          Exchequer Chamber, as distinct tribunals, a single
          board of judiciary, the High Court of Justice, being
          established for the trial of all classes of civil
          cases. --Wharton.
    2. The department of state having charge of the collection
       and management of the royal revenue. [Eng.] Hence, the
       treasury; and, colloquially, pecuniary possessions in
       general; as, the company's exchequer is low.
    {Barons of the exchequer}. See under {Baron}.
    {Chancellor of the exchequer}. See under {Chancellor}.
    {Exchequer} {bills or bonds} (Eng.), bills of money, or
       promissory bills, issued from the exchequer by authority
       of Parliament; a species of paper currency emitted under
       the authority of the government, and bearing interest.
  2. \Ex*cheq"uer\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Exchequered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Exchequering}.]
    To institute a process against (any one) in the Court of
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