Definition of office
What does the word office mean?
part of speech: noun
Piece of kindness, attention, service, (ill o.) disservice, (owing to, by, the good or ill oo. of); duty attaching to one\'s position, task, function, (it is my o., the o. of the arteries, to); position with duties attached to it, place of authority or trust or service esp. of public kind, (was given an o. under Government), tenure of official position esp. that of minister of State (take, enter upon, hold, leave, resign, o.; JACK in o.); ceremonial duty (esp. perform the last oo. to, rites due to the dead); (Eccl.) authorized form of worship, daily service of R.-C. breviary (also divine o.; say o., recite this), Anglican morning& evening prayer, (introit at beginning of) mass or communion service, any occasional service such as the O. for the Dead; place for transacting business (goes down to the o. at 9 a.m.), room &c. in which the clerks of an establishment work, counting-house, (with qualification) room &c. set apart for business of particular department of large concern (booking, inquiry, goods, lost-property, -o. in railway station) or local branch of dispersed organization (our Manchester o.; a post, telegraph, -o.) or company for specified purpose (insurance, fire or fire-insurance, -o.); (O-) quarters or staff or collective authority of a Government department (the FOREIGN, WAR, POST, o.); Holy O., the inquisition; (pl.) parts of house devoted to household work, storage, &c.; (slang) give, take, the o., hint, private intimation, signal; o.-bearer, official or officer. [old French]