chan·​cel·​lery ˈchan(t)-s(ə-)lə-rē How to pronounce chancellery (audio)
variants or chancellory
plural chancelleries or chancellories
: the position, court, or department of a chancellor
: the building or room where a chancellor's office is located
: the office of secretary of the court of a person high in authority
: the office or staff of an embassy or consulate

Example Sentences

The prime minister will speak at the State Chancellery this afternoon. greeted by members of the chancellery
Recent Examples on the Web In the meeting with Mr. Burns—a rare briefing by a senior U.S. intelligence official to a foreign leader that took place over coffee at the German chancellery—Mr. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 Last week, Ukraine’s ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk, excoriated the premier on Twitter, saying he should not be allowed to fly the Ukrainian flag from the state chancellery. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2022 Gerhard Klopfer, a senior official in Hitler’s chancellery, worked as a lawyer for decades after the war. New York Times, 20 Jan. 2022 Paweł Szrot, head of the chancellery of Polish President Andrzej Duda, isn’t a member of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party. WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 The first chancellor of modern Germany to leave office rather than be voted out either by lawmakers or the public, Ms. Merkel is walking out of the chancellery as her country’s most popular politician. New York Times, 8 Dec. 2021 This had not gone unnoticed in the chancellery, the person added. Alberto Nardelli,, 12 Apr. 2022 Eve speech gives the new leader the chance to speak directly to the public from the chancellery in Berlin. New York Times, 31 Dec. 2021 But although Angela Merkel is handing over the chancellery to a male successor, the incoming cabinet will have more women than ever before. New York Times, 6 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of chancellery was in the 14th century

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“Chancellery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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variants or chancellory
plural chancelleries or chancellories
: the position or department of a chancellor
: the building or office where a chancellor works
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