A woman working in an office.
- An example of an office is a law firm.
- An example of an office is the position of senator.
The definition of an office is a place where business is conducted, the people who make up that business or a position of authority.
- something performed or intended to be performed for another; (specified kind of) service: done through someone's good (or ill) offices
- a function or duty assigned to someone, esp. as an essential part of his or her work or position
- the function or characteristic action of a particular thing
- a position of authority or trust, esp. in a government, business, institution, etc.: the office of president
- ⌂ any of the branches of the U.S. Government ranking next below the departments: the Printing Office
- Chiefly Brit. a governmental department: the Foreign Office
- the building, room, or series of rooms in which the affairs of a business, professional person, branch of government, etc. are carried on
- all the people working in such a place; staff
- Chiefly Brit. the rooms or buildings of a house or estate in which the servants carry out their duties
Origin of officeME < ML(Ec) officium, divine rite < L, ceremonial observance a religious service or set of prayers; esp., Divine Office
Origin of officeOld French ; from Classical Latin officium ; from opificium, doing of work ; from opifex, a worker ; from opus, a work (see opus) + facere, to do
in (or out of) office
currently holding (or not holding) power or a particular position of authority
- a. A place in which business, clerical, or professional activities are conducted.b. The administrative personnel, executives, or staff working in such a place: Can your office handle that amount of work?
- a. A subdivision of a governmental department: the US Patent Office.b. A major executive division of a government: the British Home Office.
- a. A position of authority, duty, or trust given to a person, as in a government or corporation: the office of vice president.b. Public position: Is she inclined to seek office?
- a. A duty or function assigned to or assumed by someone: Our host performed the office of tour guide. See Synonyms at function.b. often offices A service or beneficial act done for another: Through her kind offices we were given a room with a view.
- Ecclesiastical A ceremony, rite, or service, usually prescribed by liturgy, especially:a. The canonical hours.b. A prayer service in the Anglican Church, such as Morning or Evening Prayer.c. A ceremony, rite, or service for a special purpose, especially the Office of the Dead.
- offices Chiefly British The parts of a house, such as the laundry and kitchen, in which servants carry out household work.
Origin of officeMiddle English, from Old French, duty, from Latin officium; see dh&emacron;- in Indo-European roots.
- A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.
- A bureau, an administrative unit of government.
- A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.
- an executive or judical office; a municipal office
- A charge or trust; a function.
- Rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature.
- Religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister
- A major administrative division, notably in certain governmental administrations, either at ministry level (e.g. the British Home Office) or within or dependent on such a department.
- Doctrine and Covenants 25: 5 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah 1981
- [...] the office of thy calling shall be for a comfort unto my servant [...]
- 1813, Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, Modern Library Edition (1995), page 144
- [...] there I readily engaged in the office of pointing out to my friend the certain evils of such a choice.
- (in the plural) The parts of a house given over to household work, storage etc.
- An office suite; a collection of work"related computer programs (shortened from several such suites with 'office' in their name)).