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Etymology

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From Anglo-Norman office, offis etc., and Old French office, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] officium (task, business, duty).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
office

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  1. A building or room where clerical or professional duties are performed.
  2. A bureau, an administrative unit of government.
  3. A position of responsibility of some authority within an organisation.
  4. (‘good offices’) Mediation or help in resolving a dispute.
    • The UN Secretary General uses what is termed his "good offices" (generally meaning his prestige and the weight of the world community he represents) when he meets with world leaders, either publicly or privately, in an effort to prevent international disputes from developing, escalating or spreading.
  5. rite, ceremonial observance of social or religious nature
  6. religious service, especially a liturgy officiated by a Christian priest or minister
  7. 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
  8. (obsolete) a task that one feels obliged to do
    • 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.

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References

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

French

Etymology

Borrowed from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] officium.

Pronunciation

Noun

office m. (plural offices)

  1. charge, task, mandate
  2. administrative bureau, department
  3. religious service, notably liturgical office
  4. place where a household's table (food and drink)-related services are conducted, especially by domestic staff

References

  • Nouveau Petit Larousse illustré. Dictionnaire encyclopédique. Paris, Librairie Larousse, 1952, 146th edition

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