exchequer: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (eks'chek-ur, iks-chek'ur), [key]
— n.
  1. a treasury, as of a state or nation.
  2. (in Great Britain)
    1. (often cap.) the governmental department in charge of the public revenues.
    2. (formerly) an office administering the royal revenues and determining all cases affecting them.
    3. (cap.) Also calledCourt of Exchequer.an ancient common-law court of civil jurisdiction in which cases affecting the revenues of the crown were tried, now merged in the King's Bench Division of the High Court.
  3. one's financial resources; funds: I'd love to go, but the exchequer is a bit low.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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