chan·​cel·​lery | \ ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lə-rē How to pronounce chancellery (audio) , -səl-rē \
variants: or chancellory
plural chancelleries or chancellories

Definition of chancellery

1a : the position, court, or department of a chancellor
b : the building or room where a chancellor's office is located
2 : the office of secretary of the court of a person high in authority
3 : the office or staff of an embassy or consulate

Examples of chancellery in a Sentence

The prime minister will speak at the State Chancellery this afternoon. greeted by members of the chancellery
Recent Examples on the Web Recent national polls show support for the Union bloc, dominated by Laschet's CDU, at around 25% — roughly level with the Greens, whose co-leader Annalena Baerbock is making the party's first run for the chancellery. Geir Moulson, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 Some pollsters, such as Hermann Binkert, the head of the INSA polling institute, have predicted that the Greens could even overtake the conservatives ahead of the election, giving them the right to the chancellery. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 20 Apr. 2021 Baerbock is certainly no traditional candidate for the chancellery. David Meyer, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2021 In her interview on Sunday, Ms. Merkel threatened to centralize power in the chancellery if state leaders ignored the need for more restrictions on movement. New York Times, 1 Apr. 2021 Yet Mr Laschet, premier of the hulking western state of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), faces several hurdles on his way to the chancellery. The Economist, 23 Jan. 2021 But the winner of that contest faces a difficult path to the chancellery. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2020 Rescue crews on the scene confirmed the man driving the car was being treated in an ambulance that remained in front of the chancellery. Fox News, 26 Nov. 2020 The metal gate to the chancellery appeared slightly bent. Fox News, 26 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of chancellery

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Chancellery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chancellery

: the department of a chancellor or the building where a chancellor's office is located
: the people who work in the department of a chancellor


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