chancellery

noun
chan·​cel·​lery | \ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lə-rē, -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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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, Bloomberg.com, "Merkel’s Real Work Starts Now With Fourth Term Set," 5 Mar. 2018 The results announced on Sunday clear the way for Ms. Merkel, who was long considered a de facto leader of Europe, to remain in the chancellery in Berlin for four more years. Melissa Eddy And Katrin Bennhold, New York Times, "Angela Merkel Averts Crisis, Forming Government With S.P.D. Again," 4 Mar. 2018 But in recent days Merkel has appointed several rising party stars to key positions, setting off an unofficial campaign to sort out who’s next in the chancellery. Griff Witte, Washington Post, "Germany will finally have a government after Social Democrats clear the way for Merkel’s fourth term," 4 Mar. 2018 But in recent days Merkel has appointed several rising party stars to key positions, setting off an unofficial campaign to sort out who's next in the chancellery. Griff Witte, chicagotribune.com, "Germany will finally have a government after Social Democrats clear the way for Merkel's fourth term," 4 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chancellery

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

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chancellery

noun

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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