Definition of chancellery in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHans(ə)lərē/

noun (plural chancelleries)

1The position, office, or department of a chancellor.
Example sentences
  • The German chancellery and foreign office also welcomed similar comments made just a few days ago by the head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
  • This housed the royal couple and offices such as the chancellery.
  • What every agenda needs is a task force and a tsar, so the Respect Task Force has already been set up, on September 2, with responsibility to the Home Office minister whose name is a by-word in the chancelleries of Europe.
1.1The official residence of a chancellor.
Example sentences
  • The state chairman has been officially received at the chancellery.
  • He moved into a small service flat in the chancellery for 570 euros a month.
  • In the case of the chancellery, three different buildings are wedded together with a series of outdoor spaces.
2US An office attached to an embassy or consulate.
Example sentences
  • The chancellery complex, in fact, is not a dayuan as such; it is not an introverted fortress with a courtyard in the middle, although many embassy and chancellery buildings are fortified in one way or another.
  • Thousands of demonstrators ransacked the embassy compound, tearing down the large US seal on the front of the chancellery building and setting fire to vehicles.
  • Debate took place within and between agencies, departments, armies, and diplomatic chancelleries.


Middle English: from Old French chancellerie, from chancelier 'secretary' (see chancellor).

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