Meaning of OFFICE in English


■ noun

1》 a room, set of rooms, or building used as a place of business for clerical, administrative, or similar work.

2》 a position of authority or service.

↘tenure of an official position.

3》 (usu. ~s ) a service done for others.

4》 (also Divine Office ) Christian Church the services of prayers and psalms said daily by Catholic priests or other clergy.

5》 ( ~s ) Brit. dated the parts of a house given over to household work or to storage.


ME: via OFr. from L. officium 'performance of a task' (in med. L. also '~, divine service'), based on opus 'work' + facere 'do'.

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