Oval Office


noun

the office of the president of the United States, located in the White House.
this office regarded as the seat of executive power in the U.S. federal government.

Origin of Oval Office

An Americanism dating back to 1960–65; so called from the shape of the room
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British Dictionary definitions for oval office

Oval Office


noun the Oval Office

the private office of the president of the US, a large oval room in the White House
the US presidency
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Culture definitions for oval office

Oval Office


An oval-shaped room in the White House that serves as the official office of the president of the United States. Since the presidency of Richard Nixon, the term has been used to refer to the president himself: “The order came directly from the Oval Office.”

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