[ aw-fis, of-is ]
/ ˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs /


Nearby words

  1. offering,
  2. offering price,
  3. offertory,
  4. offhand,
  5. offiah,
  6. office automation,
  7. office bearer,
  8. office block,
  9. office boy,
  10. office girl

Origin of office

1200–50; Middle English < Old French < Latin officium service, duty, ceremony, presumably contraction of opificium, equivalent to opi-, combining form akin to opus opus + -fic-, combining form of facere to make, do1 + -ium -ium

Related formsof·fice·less, adjectiveout·of·fice, nounsub·of·fice, noun

Can be confusedoffice orifice

Synonym study

5. See appointment. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for office


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Word Origin for office

C13: via Old French from Latin officium service, duty, from opus work, service + facere to do

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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with office


see box office; front office; land-office business; take office.

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