(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.
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Origin of little office
First recorded in 1870–75
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RC Church a series of psalms and prayers similar to the divine office but shorter
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