- the prescribed order or form for a service of the church or for devotional use.
- the services so prescribed.
- Also called divine office. the prayers, readings from Scripture, and psalms that must be recited every day by all who are in major orders.
- a ceremony or rite, especially for the dead.
- the parts of a house, as the kitchen, pantry, or laundry, devoted mainly to household work.
- the stables, barns, cowhouses, etc., of a farm.
Origin of office
Examples from the Web for office
How do you feel about Archer and the gang abandoning the cartel and returning to the office?‘Archer’ Creator Adam Reed Spills Season 6 Secrets, From Surreal Plotlines to Life Post-ISIS|Marlow Stern|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.
Granted, James is in an office in the Pentagon, and not on the front lines.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War|Nancy A. Youssef|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Change can be exciting,” Cuomo says to Richards as he helps her pack up her office.
Nine new Republican senators will swear their oaths of office.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It|Michael Tomasky|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A man does not really know, until he gets out of the office, what the strain is.Ethics in Service|William Howard Taft
Brouillard took another long minute at the office window before he said: "What would you do if you were in my place, Murray?"The City of Numbered Days|Francis Lynde
I expect my arrival at the office will be the signal for a cloud of dust in which he will disappear, heading for the first train.The Opened Shutters|Clara Louise Burnham
She was back in her old house again, next door to the office, settled there for life now with her servants.East Lynne|Mrs. Henry Wood
He conveys the news of death, and has as the insignia of office a horn, called thuththari or singam.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for office
- a room or set of rooms in which business, professional duties, clerical work, etc, are carried out
- (as modifier)office furniture; an office boy
- a governmental agency, esp of the Federal government
- a subdivision of such an agency or of a departmentOffice of Science and Technology
- a position of trust, responsibility, or duty, esp in a government or organizationthe office of president; to seek office
- (in combination)an office-holder
- (often plural) a ceremony or service, prescribed by ecclesiastical authorities, esp one for the dead
- the order or form of these
- RC Church the official daily service
- short for divine office
Word Origin for office
Word Origin and History for office
mid-13c., "a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached," from Anglo-French and Old French ofice "place or function; divine service" (12c. in Old French) or directly from Latin officium "service, kindness, favor; official duty, function, business; ceremonial observance," (in Ecclesiastical Latin, "church service"), literally "work-doing," from ops (genitive opis) "power, might, abundance, means" (related to opus "work;" see opus) + stem of facere "do, perform" (see factitious). Meaning "place for conducting business" first recorded 1560s. Office hours attested from 1841.
Idioms and Phrases with office
see box office; front office; land-office business; take office.