Definition of chancellery in English:



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

    • ‘However, she is insisting that the Social Democrats recognise her claim to the chancellery before she agrees to hold formal coalition talks.’
    • ‘What they found caused alarm in several chancelleries.’
    • ‘Apparently, there is agreement in the German chancellery and foreign ministry on this point.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A telegram of protest to a foreign chancellery gives the satisfaction of a job well done and a night's rest well earned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This housed the royal couple and offices such as the chancellery.’
    • ‘Special attention was given to large, complicated scripts used in chancelleries to discourage imitation or forgeries of important documents.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was appointed special investigator by the chancellery of the present Social Democratic chancellor.’
    1. 1.1 The official residence of a chancellor.
      • ‘‘Ride a bus filled with ordinary people in front of the chancellery and you can see how the grass-roots voters support him,’.’
      • ‘When we left the imposing but cosy cupola of the chancellery we found that snow was falling on the streets of Munich.’
      • ‘He moved into a small service flat in the chancellery for 570 euros a month.’
      • ‘In the case of the chancellery, three different buildings are wedded together with a series of outdoor spaces.’
      • ‘The state chairman has been officially received at the chancellery.’
      • ‘The Cathedral and chancellery are located in St. Paul, which historically is the much more Catholic of the two cities.’
      • ‘Recommendations from Krause and de Maizière brought an invitation to visit Kohl in his Bonn chancellery.’
      • ‘With Merkel now occupying the chancellery, the circle is complete.’
      • ‘He then travelled the short distance to the German chancellery.’
      • ‘The occupation continued for about seven hours until police surged into the chancellery.’
      • ‘‘We will govern from here,’ he said of the chancellery near the Reichstag parliament building.’
  • 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).