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 In 2018 Angela Merkel had vacated the CDU leadership for Ms Kramp-Karrenbauer, hoping to give her an orderly transition to the chancellery. The Economist, "Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer’s resignation upends German politics," 10 Feb. 2020 The agreement came after about four hours of talks at the chancellery in Berlin. Geir Moulson,, "Libya players agree to respect arms embargo, push cease-fire," 19 Jan. 2020 Kurz said during a handover ceremony at the chancellery. Washington Post, "Austria: Kurz sworn in as chancellor, completing comeback," 7 Jan. 2020 That fear is commonplace in think-tanks and chancelleries across Europe. The Economist, "Charlemagne Europe needs to defend itself better, but cannot do without America," 21 Nov. 2019 Merkel, 64, was seen unsteady while standing alongside Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinee during a military honors ceremony outside the chancellery in Berlin on Wednesday. Fox News, "Angela Merkel denies rumors of declining health after third public shaking incident: 'I'm fine'," 11 July 2019 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

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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 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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