Meaning of EXCHEQUER in English


/eks"chek euhr, iks chek"euhr/ , n.

1. a treasury, as of a state or nation.

2. (in Great Britain)

a. ( often cap. ) the governmental department in charge of the public revenues.

b. (formerly) an office administering the royal revenues and determining all cases affecting them.

c. ( cap. ) Also called Court 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. Informal. one's financial resources; funds: I'd love to go, but the exchequer is a bit low.

[ 1250-1300; ME escheker, eschequier escheker, eschekier (OF eschequier ) chessboard, counting table. See CHECKER 1 ]

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .