« Back to Glossary Index

What is Chancery?
Meaning, Origin, Popular Use, and Synonyms

Chancery - osam tour

What is Chancery?

Chancery refers to a government office or department where official documents, records, and archives are kept and managed. Historically, a chancery was responsible for issuing and authenticating documents such as charters, patents, and other legal instruments. In modern times, the term is often associated with the administrative arm of a diplomatic mission, such as an embassy or consulate, where consular services and visa applications are processed.

Origins of the term Chancery

The term “chancery” has its origins in medieval England, where it was derived from the Latin word “cancellaria,” meaning a lattice or barrier. In the medieval royal courts, a cancellarius was an official who sat behind a lattice screen and kept the king’s seal and issued writs and charters.

Where is the term Chancery commonly used?

The term “chancery” is commonly used in the context of diplomatic missions, particularly embassies and consulates, where it refers to the administrative section responsible for processing visa applications, assisting citizens abroad, and managing official records.

Synonyms of the term Chancery

Synonyms for chancery include “consulate,” “embassy,” “diplomatic mission,” and “consular office.”

How to say Chancery in other languages?

Translation - osam tour
  • Spanish: Cancillería
  • Italian: Cancelleria
  • French: Chancellerie
  • German: Kanzlei
  • Chinese: 外交部 (Wàijiāo bù) – for the diplomatic context
  • Hindi: चांसरी (Chānsrī)
  • Japanese: 外務省 (Gaimu-shō) – for the diplomatic context
  • Arabic: السفارة (As-safārah) – for embassy context
  • Russian: Канцелярия (Kantselyariya)
« Back to Travel Terms Dictionary