ex·cheq·uer (ĕkschĕk′ər, ĭks-chĕkər)
1. Exchequer The British governmental department charged with the collection and management of the national revenue.
2. Exchequer In Great Britain, the Court of Exchequer.
3. A treasury, as of a nation or organization.
4. Financial resources; funds.
[Alteration of Middle English escheker, from Old French eschequier, counting table, chessboard, from eschec, check; see CHECK.]
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