- 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
Synonyms for office
Related Words for officeservice, work, commission, job, station, place, post, building, shop, center, facility, agency, factory, bureau, department, suite, store, room, function, duty
Examples from the Web for office
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 8, 2015
Two witnesses outside the Charlie Hebdo office building quoted the Kouachi brothers claiming they were members of al Qaeda.France Mourns—and Hunts
Nico Hines, Christopher Dickey
January 8, 2015
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
“Change can be exciting,” Cuomo says to Richards as he helps her pack up her office.Mario Cuomo, Ann Richards Concede to Doritos
The Daily Beast Video
January 2, 2015
Nine new Republican senators will swear their oaths of office.The Democrats’ Black Hole—and What They Can Do About It
December 31, 2014
Historical Examples of office
He took me right into his office, and I told him what you said, and he'll be ready for you at two o'clock.
This business attended to, Robert bent his steps to Mr. Paine's office.
"You will find my father in his office," she said, looking a little disappointed.
Going to his office, he was fortunate enough to find him in, and unengaged.
After a year of that, he'll be taken into the office and his hours will be cut down to eight.
- 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 Churchthe official daily service
- short for divine office
Word Origin 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.
see box office; front office; land-office business; take office.