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foreign office

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  1. the department of a government that handles foreign affairs.
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Origin of foreign office

First recorded in 1855–60
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Related Words

embassy, legation

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Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for foreign office

foreign office

  1. 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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