Definition of chancellery in English:



  • 1The position, office, or department of a chancellor.

    • ‘The railway workers were supplied with sleeping bags by their unions so they could sleep on the library and chancellery steps while riot police surrounded the universities threatening to storm the campuses.’
    • ‘Of course, he is aided by a chancellery, he has to delegate decisions, he cannot do everything, but in the last resort he can do everything, as he makes the final decisions and gives the final decrees.’
    • ‘What they found caused alarm in several chancelleries.’
    • ‘The state chancellery in Munich quickly rejected the statements.’
    • ‘What every agenda needs is a task force and a tsar, so the Respect Task Force has already been set up, on September 2, with responsibility to the Home Office minister whose name is a by-word in the chancelleries of Europe.’
    • ‘However, she is insisting that the Social Democrats recognise her claim to the chancellery before she agrees to hold formal coalition talks.’
    • ‘After all, that cause was never as popular in the chancelleries of Europe and the campuses of America as it became after the first round of suicide bombings.’
    • ‘The German chancellery and foreign office also welcomed similar comments made just a few days ago by the head of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.’
    • ‘Apparently, there is agreement in the German chancellery and foreign ministry on this point.’
    • ‘In the upshot, it was decided that a temporary banishment from Petersburg was advisable, and Pushkin was sent to serve in the chancellery of General Inzov, the military governor of Bessarabia, where he was kept under surveillance.’
    • ‘A telegram of protest to a foreign chancellery gives the satisfaction of a job well done and a night's rest well earned.’
    • ‘The polls are with her, and if the hopes and fears of a downtrodden and hurting middle class were translated into votes, she would be swept into the chancellery on a landslide.’
    • ‘This housed the royal couple and offices such as the chancellery.’
    • ‘After finishing school, spending two years in the army and four years studying economics, he pursued a 30-year career in various ministries and chancelleries without ever standing in an election.’
    • ‘A high security wall has been erected in the Mainz city centre around the historic cathedral, the castle, the regional parliament, the state chancellery and the world famous Gutenberg Museum.’
    • ‘He was appointed special investigator by the chancellery of the present Social Democratic chancellor.’
    • ‘Special attention was given to large, complicated scripts used in chancelleries to discourage imitation or forgeries of important documents.’
    • ‘Ever since Ranke, who was the first to use the records of the chancelleries of Europe which were just then beginning to become available, historians have tried to get back to original sources.’
    • ‘The chancellery, a huge set of cubes that completely dominates the surrounding park, is eight storeys high and spreads out over 12,000 square metres.’
    1. 1.1 The official residence of a chancellor.
      • ‘The occupation continued for about seven hours until police surged into the chancellery.’
      • ‘The Cathedral and chancellery are located in St. Paul, which historically is the much more Catholic of the two cities.’
      • ‘‘Ride a bus filled with ordinary people in front of the chancellery and you can see how the grass-roots voters support him,’.’
      • ‘Recommendations from Krause and de Maizière brought an invitation to visit Kohl in his Bonn chancellery.’
      • ‘He moved into a small service flat in the chancellery for 570 euros a month.’
      • ‘He then travelled the short distance to the German chancellery.’
      • ‘When we left the imposing but cosy cupola of the chancellery we found that snow was falling on the streets of Munich.’
      • ‘‘We will govern from here,’ he said of the chancellery near the Reichstag parliament building.’
      • ‘The state chairman has been officially received at the chancellery.’
      • ‘With Merkel now occupying the chancellery, the circle is complete.’
      • ‘In the case of the chancellery, three different buildings are wedded together with a series of outdoor spaces.’
  • 2US An office attached to an embassy or consulate.

    • ‘Thousands of demonstrators ransacked the embassy compound, tearing down the large US seal on the front of the chancellery building and setting fire to vehicles.’
    • ‘The chancellery complex, in fact, is not a dayuan as such; it is not an introverted fortress with a courtyard in the middle, although many embassy and chancellery buildings are fortified in one way or another.’
    • ‘Debate took place within and between agencies, departments, armies, and diplomatic chancelleries.’


Middle English: from Old French chancellerie, from chancelier ‘secretary’ (see chancellor).