Definition of chancellery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtʃɑːnsələri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃænsələri//
    (pl. chancelleries)
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  1. 1[countable, usually singular] the place where a chancellor has his or her office
  2. 2[singular + singular or plural verb] the staff in the department of a chancellor
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French chancellerie, from chancelier ‘secretary’, from late Latin cancellarius ‘porter, secretary’ (originally a court official stationed at the grating separating public from judges), from cancelli ‘crossbars’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: chancellery