Definitions for officialəˈfɪʃ əl
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word official
a worker who holds or is invested with an office
someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
"the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"
having official authority or sanction
"official permission"; "an official representative"
of or relating to an office
"the election returns are now official"
conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
"in prescribed order"
(of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.
A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
In most football games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.
Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
an official statement or report
Approved by authority; authorized.
sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
an official drug or preparation
Discharging an office or function.
Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
Origin: From official, from officium.
An official is someone who holds an office in an organization or government and participates in the exercise of authority. A government official or functionary is an official who is involved in public administration or government, through either election, appointment, selection, or employment. A bureaucrat is a member of the bureaucracy. An elected official is a person who is an official by virtue of an election. Officials may also be appointed ex officio. Some official positions may be inherited. A person who currently holds an office is referred to as an incumbent. The word official as a noun has been recorded since the Middle English period, first seen in 1314. It comes from the Old French official, from the Latin officialis, the noun use of the original adjective officialis from officium. The meaning "person in charge of some public work or duty" was first recorded in 1555. The adjective is first attested in English in 1533, via the Old French oficial.
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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'official' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1303
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'official' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3525
Rank popularity for the word 'official' in Nouns Frequency: #573
Rank popularity for the word 'official' in Adjectives Frequency: #160
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
An official database needs to be compiled.
There is no government official willing to meet us. Not even one.
Everyone pretends to follow official procedures but it's all a sham.
When it's official, it's official ... I'd rather go home and go to bed.
This animal is so new it doesn't even have an official species name yet.
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Translations for official
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- مسئول, مسؤولArabic
- службо́вая асо́баBelarusian
- funcionari, oficialCatalan, Valencian
- oficiální, funkcionářCzech
- amtlich, offiziell, Beamtin, dienstlich, BeamterGerman
- επίσημος, υπηρεσιακός, αξιωματούχοςGreek
- oficial, funcionarioSpanish
- virallinen, tuomari, virkamies, toimitsija, virkailija, toimihenkilö, viranomainen, virkaFinnish
- cadre, officiel, fonctionnaireFrench
- hivatalos, hivatali, tisztviselő, hivatalnokHungarian
- 役員, 公の, 公式Japanese
- 공무원, 공식Korean
- ambtelijk, officieel, functionaris, beambte, ambtenaarDutch
- wááshindoonNavajo, Navaho
- oficial, funcionárioPortuguese
- oficial, funcționară oficială, funcționar oficialRomanian
- должностно́й, слу́жащий, официа́льный, служе́бный, чино́вник, официа́льное лицо́, официальныйRussian
- чино́вник, службо́вка, службо́ва осо́ба, службо́вець, урядо́ва осо́баUkrainian
- chánh thứcVietnamese
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