[aw-fis, of-is] /ˈɔ fɪs, ˈɒf ɪs/
a room, set of rooms, or building where the business of a commercial or industrial organization or of a professional person is conducted:
the main office of an insurance company; a doctor’s office.
a room assigned to a specific person or a group of persons in a commercial or industrial organization:
Her office is next to mine.
a business or professional organization:
He went to work in an architect’s office.
the staff or designated part of a staff at a commercial or industrial organization:
The whole office was at his wedding.
a position of duty, trust, or authority, especially in the government, a corporation, a society, or the like:
She was elected twice to the office of president.
employment or position as an official:
to seek office.
the duty, function, or part of a particular person or agency:
to act in the office of adviser.
(initial capital letter) an operating agency or division of certain departments of the U.S. Government:
Office of Community Services.
(initial capital letter) British. a major administrative unit or department of the national government:
the Foreign Office.
Slang. hint, signal, or warning; high sign.
Often, offices. something, whether good or bad, done or said for or to another:
He obtained a position through the offices of a friend.
a service or task to be performed; assignment; chore:
little domestic offices.
offices, Chiefly British.
Older Slang. .
(often pl) the building or buildings in which the work of an organization, such as a business or government department, is carried out
a commercial or professional business: the architect’s office approved the plans
the group of persons working in an office: it was a happy office until she came
(capital when part of a name) (in Britain) a department of the national government: the Home Office
(capital when part of a name) (in the US)
duty or function: the office of an administrator
(often pl) a minor task or service: domestic offices
(often pl) an action performed for another, usually a beneficial action: through his good offices
a place where tickets, information, etc, can be obtained: a ticket office
(pl) the parts of a house or estate where work is done, goods are stored, etc
(usually pl) (Brit, euphemistic) a lavatory (esp in the phrase usual offices)
in office, (of a government) in power
out of office, (of a government) out of power
(slang) the office, a hint or signal
mid-13c., “a post, an employment to which certain duties are attached,” from Anglo-French and Old French ofice “place or function; divine service” (12c. in Old French) or directly from Latin officium “service, kindness, favor; official duty, function, business; ceremonial observance,” (in Ecclesiastical Latin, “church service”), literally “work-doing,” from ops (genitive opis) “power, might, abundance, means” (related to opus “work;” see opus) + stem of facere “do, perform” (see factitious). Meaning “place for conducting business” first recorded 1560s. Office hours attested from 1841.
The cockpit of an airplane (1917+ Aviators)
- Office assistant
noun an on-screen interactive program that offers help and tips within a given Microsoft program Word Origin computing Usage Note trademark of Microsoft
noun 1. a method or system of using automated or electronic equipment, as word processors and computers, in the operations of an office.
noun, British. 1. a large office building. noun 1. a large building designed to provide office accommodation
- Office-block ballot
[aw-fis-blok, of-is-] /ˈɔ fɪsˌblɒk, ˈɒf ɪs-/ noun 1. a ballot on which the candidates are listed alphabetically, with or without their party designations, in columns under the office for which they were nominated.