exchequer

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UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciations'exchequer', 'Exchequer': /ɪksˈtʃɛkə/, /ɛksˈtʃɛkə/

US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(ekschek ər, iks chekər)




WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
ex•cheq•uer  (ekschek ər, iks chekər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a treasury, as of a state or nation.
  2. (in Great Britain)
    • (often cap.) the governmental department in charge of the public revenues.
    • (formerly) an office administering the royal revenues and determining all cases affecting them.
    • Law(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 Termsone's financial resources;
    funds:I'd love to go, but the exchequer is a bit low.
  • Anglo-French escheker, eschekier (Old French eschequier) chessboard, counting table. See checker1
  • Middle English escheker, eschequier 1250–1300

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
exchequer /ɪksˈtʃɛkə/ n
  1. (often capital) (in Britain and certain other countries) the accounting department of the Treasury, responsible for receiving and issuing funds
  2. informal personal funds; finances
Etymology: 13th Century (in the sense: chessboard, counting table): from Old French eschequier, from eschec check
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