foreign office


Definition of foreign office

: a government office (such as a ministry) that deals with foreign affairs

Examples of foreign office in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of those, about 12 are based in foreign offices overseas, including in China. Katie Thomas, New York Times, "F.D.A. Halts Overseas Inspections of Drugs and Devices, Citing Coronavirus," 10 Mar. 2020 The European Union's foreign affairs chief, Federica Mogherini, in a statement released by Germany's foreign office, called on Turkey to stop its military action in Syria, to prevent undermining the stability of the region. Patrick Smith, NBC News, "World leaders unite in condemnation of Turkey's Syria operation," 10 Oct. 2019 Darroch joined Britain’s foreign office in 1976 and held positions in Tokyo, Rome and Brussels, then served as national security adviser. Washington Post, "In a divided Washington, British ambassador was a bridge," 10 July 2019 Mr Smith presides over an operation as big as the foreign office of a medium-sized country. The Economist, "The Redmond doctrine," 12 Sep. 2019 People who have worked with him both in the foreign office and in London’s city hall say that behind the ebullient facade is an introvert who rises early to write his own speeches and reads voraciously. Max Colchester, WSJ, "Tories Pin Brexit Hopes on Boris Johnson, Blunders and All," 28 June 2019 This year, the foreign office offered Zaghari-Ratcliffe British diplomatic protection, raising her case to the level of a legal dispute between Britain and Iran, rather than a simple consular issue. Palko Karasz,, "UK couple ends weeks-long joint hunger strike," 29 June 2019 But López Obrador’s incoming team at the foreign office overruled them. Jonathan Blitzer, The New Yorker, "How the U.S. Asylum System Is Keeping Migrants at Risk in Mexico," 17 Sep. 2019 One of those ejected from the party, former foreign office minister Alistair Burt, savaged Johnson in the House of Commons. Rob Picheta, Ivana Kottasová And Nina Dos Santos, CNN, "Boris Johnson fails in high stakes attempt to call snap general election," 4 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of foreign office

1820, in the meaning defined above

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“Foreign office.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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