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noun

the department of a government that handles foreign affairs.

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embassy, legation

Nearby words

foreign correspondent, foreign exchange, foreign legion, foreign minister, foreign mission, foreign office, foreign policy, foreign relations, foreign relations committee, foreign secretary, foreign service

Origin of foreign office

First recorded in 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for foreign office

  • I need hardly observe that the Foreign-office has done its best to render the question more complicated.

    Diary of the Besieged Resident in Paris|Henry Labouchre
  • When it reached the Governor, no one on his staff could decipher it, so it had to be returned to the Foreign-office.

  • These foreign-office documents are but Bellerophon letters,—born to betray.

    Arthur O'Leary|Charles James Lever

British Dictionary definitions for foreign office

foreign office


noun

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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