- the department of a government that handles foreign affairs.
Origin of foreign office
First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for foreign office
These foreign-office documents are but Bellerophon letters,—born to betray.Arthur O'Leary
Charles James Lever
I need hardly observe that the Foreign-office has done its best to render the question more complicated.
When it reached the Governor, no one on his staff could decipher it, so it had to be returned to the Foreign-office.
- the ministry of a country or state that is concerned with dealings with other statesUS equivalent: State Department Canadian equivalent: department of external affairs
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