officer etymology

English word officer comes from Latin *opi-fak-io-, Latin -arium, and later Latin opificium (Work.)

Detailed word origin of officer

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*opi-fak-io- Latin (lat)
-arium Latin (lat) Used to form nouns denoting a "place where things are kept" from other nouns.
opificium Latin (lat) Work.
officium Latin (lat) (figurative) an obligatory service, visit, or gesture. Duty, service. Office.
officiarius Malayalam (mal)
officiarius Late Latin (LL)
officier Old French (fro) Officer.
officer Anglo-Norman (xno)
officer English (eng) (transitive) To command like an officer.. (transitive) To supply with officers. (colloquial, military) A commissioned officer.. An agent or servant imparted with the ability, to some degree, to act on initiative.. One who has a position of authority in a hierarchical organization, especially in military, police or government organizations.. One who holds a public office.

Words with the same origin as officer

Descendants of *opi-fak-io-
Descendants of -arium
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