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[chan-suh-luh-ree, -sluh-ree, -suh l-ree, chahn-] /ˈtʃæn sə lə ri, -slə ri, -səl ri, ˈtʃɑn-/
noun, plural chancelleries.
the position of a chancellor.
the office or department of a chancellor.
the office attached to an embassy or consulate.
a building or room occupied by a chancellor's department.
Origin of chancellery
1250-1300; Middle English chancellerie < Anglo-French, equivalent to chanceller chancellor + -ie -y3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for chancellery
Historical Examples
  • The instrument is in the Liber Arrendamentorum, from Lucretia's chancellery.

    Lucretia Borgia Ferdinand Gregorovius
  • And then I shall have a quarrel with the chancellery on my hands.

  • What has become of the chamber of the chancellery, where Saint Louis consummated his marriage?

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • There was war in the Eastern world; and palace and chancellery were ablaze.

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • I fancy that every chancellery in Europe suspected that something was in the wind.

    The German War Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The "Colossus of the North" came into being to haunt every chancellery.

  • A chancellery office, headed by a chief and three deputies, coordinates the committee's overall administrative activities.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • So, partly out of curiosity and partly out of sympathy, I called at the chancellery.

    Real Soldiers of Fortune Richard Harding Davis
  • When and how he entered the chancellery and who appointed him, no one could remember.

  • In the chancellery where he worked, no kind of notice was taken of him.

British Dictionary definitions for chancellery


/ˈtʃɑːnsələrɪ; -slərɪ/
noun (pl) -leries, -lories
the building or room occupied by a chancellor's office
the position, rank, or office of a chancellor
  1. the residence or office of an embassy or legation
  2. the office of a consulate
(Brit) another name for a diplomatic chancery
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French chancellerie, from Old French chancelierchancellor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for chancellery

see chancery.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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