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

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Maassen told Seehofer, his immediate boss, about his doubts before going public but didn't inform the chancellery. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "German spy chief's future creates new strains in government," 13 Sep. 2018 Over the border in Austria, Sebastian Kurz, who was 19 when Merkel came to power in 2005, gained the chancellery last year in an alliance with the far-right Freedom Party. Alan Crawford,, "As Merkel’s Power Drains, the Threat to Europe Grows," 27 June 2018 Many voters could no longer distinguish between the center-left party, born out of the workers’ movement at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution, and the conservative Christian Democrats, who have held the chancellery under Ms. Merkel since 2005. New York Times, "Redefine and Rebuild: Germany’s Social Democrat Leader Digs In," 22 Apr. 2018 Police in Berlin shut down a large area around the chancellery where Merkel was to meet with Erdogan, including the airspace and boat traffic on the Spree river. Geir Moulson, Fox News, "Turkey's Erdogan heads to Germany on bridge-building visit," 27 Sep. 2018 Coalition committee talks are expected to continue at the chancellery on Tuesday evening. Jefferson Chase, USA TODAY, "German government crisis: Chancellor Angela Merkel gets migrant compromise," 3 July 2018 The conviviality stood in sharp contrast to the President's earlier summit in Canada, where imagery of frustrated western allies crowding around a smirking Trump was quickly distributed by the German chancellery. Jeremy Diamond, Jeff Zeleny And Kevin Liptak, CNN, "Trump resets the world stage," 13 June 2018 The most prevalent in the foreign-policy establishment and the chancelleries of Europe is despair. The Economist, "Donald Trump is undermining the rules-based international order," 7 June 2018 The chancellery in Berlin says Merkel has repeatedly made her trade stance clear to Trump and won’t shy away from backing European Union retaliation. Patrick Donahue,, "Merkel’s Real Work Starts Now With Fourth Term Set," 5 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chancellery

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

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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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