Definition of colore officii in US English:

colore officii

adverb

Law
  • By apparent, claimed, or pretended authority of the particular office or position held.

Origin

Late 16th century; earliest use found in John Manwood (d. 1610), legal writer. From post-classical Latin colore officii from classical Latin colōre, ablative of color + officiī, genitive of officium, after Anglo-Norman and Law French par colur de son office under pretext of one's office.

Pronunciation

colore officii

/kəˌlɔːri əˈfɪʃiː/