One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An office or building in which official records are kept; the archive of the official records of a government or other institution; specifically (with the and capital initials) the Public Record Office in London.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in John Lilburne (?1615–1657), Leveller. In some forms from record + office. In some forms from the plural of record + office.
record office/ˈrɛkɔːd ˌɒfɪs/
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