Origin of off-the-record
Definition for off the record (2 of 2)
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
noun rec·ord [rek-erd] /ˈrɛk ərd/
- the commitment to writing, as authentic evidence, of something having legal importance, especially as evidence of the proceedings or verdict of a court.
- evidence preserved in this manner.
- an authentic or official written report of proceedings of a court of justice.
adjective rec·ord [rek-erd] /ˈrɛk ərd/
Origin of record
Related formsre·cord·a·ble, adjectiverec·ord·less, adjectiveun·re·cord·a·ble, adjectivewell-re·cord·ed, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for off the record (1 of 2)
off the record
adjective (off-the-record when prenominal)
British Dictionary definitions for off the record (2 of 2)
- the best or most outstanding amount, rate, height, etc, ever attained, as in some field of sportan Olympic record; a world record; to break the record for the long jump
- (as modifier)a record time
- stated in a public document
- publicly known
verb (rɪˈkɔːd) (mainly tr)
Derived Formsrecordable, adjective
Word Origin for record
Medicine definitions for off the record
Idioms and Phrases with off the record (1 of 2)
off the record
Unofficially, in confidence, not for publication, as in What he was about to say, he told the reporters, was strictly off the record. Probably alluding to striking evidence from a court record (because it is irrelevant or improper), this term came into wide use in the mid-1900s, especially with reference to persons who did not wish to be quoted by journalists. For antonyms, see go on record; just for the record.
Idioms and Phrases with off the record (2 of 2)
see break the record; go on record; just for the record; off the record; set (the record) straight; track record.