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EtymologyEdit

From the mostly archaic sense of office as a "duty" or "function" and hence unmentionable "bodily functions".

NounEdit

house of office (plural houses of office)

  1. (obsolete, euphemistic) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.

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  • Oxford English Dictionary. "office, n."