[chan-suh-luh-ree, -sluh-ree, -suh l-ree, chahn-]

noun, plural chan·cel·ler·ies.

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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chancellery

Historical Examples of chancellery

  • 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



noun plural -leries or -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
British another name for a diplomatic chancery

Word Origin for chancellery

C14: from Anglo-French chancellerie, from Old French chancelier chancellor
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chancellery

see chancery.

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