Little office
Office Of"fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a duty that arises from the relations of man to man; as, kind offices, pious offices. [1913 Webster]

I would I could do a good office between you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A special duty, trust, charge, or position, conferred by authority and for a public purpose; a position of trust or authority; as, an executive or judical office; a municipal office. [1913 Webster]

3. A charge or trust, of a sacred nature, conferred by God himself; as, the office of a priest under the old dispensation, and that of the apostles in the new. [1913 Webster]

Inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office. --Rom. xi. 13. [1913 Webster]

4. That which is performed, intended, or assigned to be done, by a particular thing, or that which anything is fitted to perform; a function; -- answering to duty in intelligent beings. [1913 Webster]

They [the eyes] resign their office and their light. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Hesperus, whose office is to bring Twilight upon the earth. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

In this experiment the several intervals of the teeth of the comb do the office of so many prisms. --Sir I. Newton. [1913 Webster]

5. The place where any kind of business or service for others is transacted; a building, suite of rooms, or room in which public officers or workers in any organization transact business; as, the register's office; a lawyer's office; the doctor's office; the Mayor's office. [1913 Webster +PJC]

6. The company or corporation, or persons collectively, whose place of business is in an office; as, I have notified the office. [1913 Webster]

7. pl. The apartments or outhouses in which the domestics discharge the duties attached to the service of a house, as kitchens, pantries, stables, etc. [Eng.] [1913 Webster]

As for the offices, let them stand at distance. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

8. (Eccl.) Any service other than that of ordination and the Mass; any prescribed religious service. [1913 Webster]

This morning was read in the church, after the office was done, the declaration setting forth the late conspiracy against the king's person. --Evelyn. [1913 Webster]

{Holy office}. Same as {Inquisition}, n., 3.

{Houses of office}. Same as def. 7 above. --Chaucer.

{Little office} (R. C. Ch.), an office recited in honor of the Virgin Mary.

{Office bearer}, an officer; one who has a specific office or duty to perform.

{Office copy} (Law), an authenticated or certified copy of a record, from the proper office. See {Certified copies}, under {Copy}. --Abbott.

{Office-found} (Law), the finding of an inquest of office. See under {Inquest}.

{Office holder}. See {Officeholder} in the Vocabulary

{Office hours}. the hours of the day during which business is transacted at an office[5].

{Office seeker}. a person who is attempting to get elected to an elected office, or to get an appointment to an appointive public office. [1913 Webster +PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Little Office — n. R.C.Ch. a short office patterned after a longer one of the breviary, used esp. in private devotion …   English World dictionary

  • Little Office — noun a Roman Catholic office honoring the Virgin Mary; similar to but shorter than the Divine Office • Topics: ↑Roman Catholic, ↑Western Church, ↑Roman Catholic Church, ↑Church of Rome, ↑Roman Church • Hypernyms: ↑office * * * …   Useful english dictionary

  • Little Office — noun Date: circa 1872 an office in honor of the Virgin Mary like but shorter than the Divine Office …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • little office — (sometimes caps.) Rom. Cath. Ch. an office similar to but shorter than the divine office, in honor of a saint, a mystery, or, esp., the Virgin Mary. [1870 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • little office — lit′tle of′fice n. rel (sometimes caps.) an office similar to but shorter than the divine office, in honor of the Virgin Mary, a saint, etc …   From formal English to slang

  • little office — /ˈlɪtl ɒfəs/ (say litl ofuhs) noun Roman Catholic Church a service, resembling the breviary but shorter, in honour of the Virgin Mary …   Australian English dictionary

  • Little Office of Our Lady — • Historical article on the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary, modeled on the Divine Office Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Little Office of Our Lady     Little Office of Our Lady …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Little Office of Our Lady — The Little Office of Our Lady also known as Hours of the Virgin is a liturgical devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, in imitation of, and usually in addition to, the Divine Office in the Roman Catholic Church (Some secular orders did use the… …   Wikipedia

  • Office — Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty, or a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Office bearer — Office Of fice, n. [F., fr. L. officium, for opificium; ops ability, wealth, help + facere to do or make. See {Opulent}, {Fact}.] 1. That which a person does, either voluntarily or by appointment, for, or with reference to, others; customary duty …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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