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chancellery

[chan-suh-luh-ree, -sluh-ree, -suh l-ree, chahn-]
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noun, plural chan·cel·ler·ies.
  1. the position of a chancellor.
  2. the office or department of a chancellor.
  3. the office attached to an embassy or consulate.
  4. 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
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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?

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for chancellery

chancellery

chancellory

noun plural -leries or -lories
  1. the building or room occupied by a chancellor's office
  2. the position, rank, or office of a chancellor
  3. US
    1. the residence or office of an embassy or legation
    2. the office of a consulate
  4. British another name for a diplomatic chancery

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French chancellerie, from Old French chancelier chancellor
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Word Origin and History for chancellery

n.

see chancery.

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