Middle English chancerie, alteration of chancelerie chancellery, from Anglo-French, from chanceler
First Known Use: 14th century
Court of public record and archive of state documents. The chancery system of the Roman Empire served as the model for the royal chanceries of medieval France and Germany. Medieval royal chanceries were headed by archchancellors and chancellors, who oversaw the work of scribes and notaries and sometimes served as advisers to the monarch.