Definition of chancellery in English:


Syllabification: chan·cel·ler·y
Pronunciation: /ˈCHans(ə)lərē

noun (plural chancelleries)

  • 1The position, office, or department of a chancellor.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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