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little office

(sometimes initial capital letters) Roman Catholic Church. an office similar to but shorter than the divine office, in honor of a saint, a mystery, or, especially, the Virgin Mary.
Origin of little office
First recorded in 1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Roden and Von Holzen were at work in the little office of the malgamite works.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • Would she be left alone for a few moments in that little office with the safe?

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He was in his little office; he recognized his surroundings now.

    Two Thousand Miles Below Charles Willard Diffin
  • Deputy Sheriff Mannix was sitting in his little office alone.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • When at last he descended to his little office, he spoke hopefully.

    Glory of Youth Temple Bailey
  • Dean Erskine was in the little office off the junior laboratory.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Grace slipped into her little office and seated herself at her desk.

    Grace Harlowe's Problem Jessie Graham Flower
  • Then he went and unlocked his little office door and turned on the light.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • He went into the little office and took it from the shelf in the corner.

    Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
  • We both overlooked the little office that opened off the dining-room.

    The Four Pools Mystery Jean Webster
British Dictionary definitions for little office

little office

(RC Church) a series of psalms and prayers similar to the divine office but shorter
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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