Definitions for officialəˈfɪʃ əl
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
(adj.)of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority:
appointed, authorized, or approved by a government or organization.
public and formal; ceremonial.
Origin of official:
1300–50; ME < LL officiālis of duty = L offici(um)office+-ālis -al1
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
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
authorized or allowed by an organization or person with authority
an official statement/document from the president; official recognition; the band's official website
(of a reason, statement, etc.) given but considered likely to be untrue
the official reason given for the changes
relating to the things connected with sb's job
his official duties
indicates a piece of information has been confirmed to the public
It's official - she's pregnant.; a new drug that has been officially approved; Officially, they're saying the singer is just resting.
sb representing an organization at a high level
White House officials
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
Translations for official
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
of or concerning a position of authority
official powers; official uniform.
- amptelike, ampsagtigAfrikaans
- oficialPortuguese (BR)
- Amts-..., Dienst-...German
- υπηρεσιακός, επίσημοςGreek
- 공인의, 공식의Korean
- officieel, ambts-Dutch
- offisiell, embets-, tjeneste-Norwegian
- служебный, должностнойRussian
- ämbets-, ämbetsmanna-, tjänste-Swedish
- 公務的，職權上的，公職的Chinese (Trad.)
- службовий; посадовийUkrainian
- thuộc chính quyềnVietnamese
- 公务上的，职权上的Chinese (Simp.)
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