What does OFFICIAL mean?

Definitions for OFFICIAL
əˈfɪʃ əlof·fi·cial

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. official, functionarynoun

    a worker who holds or is invested with an office

  2. officialadjective

    someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

    "the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"

  3. officialadjective

    having official authority or sanction

    "official permission"; "an official representative"

  4. officialadjective

    of or relating to an office

    "official privileges"

  5. officialadjective

    verified officially

    "the election returns are now official"

  6. official, prescribedadjective

    conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

    "in prescribed order"

  7. officialadjective

    (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution


  1. officialnoun

    An office holder invested with powers and authorities.

    David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.

  2. officialnoun

    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.

  3. officialadjective

    Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.

    official duties

  4. officialadjective

    Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority

    an official statement or report

  5. officialadjective

    Approved by authority; authorized.

  6. officialadjective

    sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal

    an official drug or preparation

  7. officialadjective

    Discharging an office or function.

  8. officialadjective

    Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.

  9. officialadjective

    Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.

  10. Etymology: From official, from officium.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Officialadjective

    Etymology: official, Fr. from office.

    In this animal are the guts, the stomach, and other parts official unto nutrition, which, were its aliment the empty reception of air, their provisions had been superfluous. Brown.

    The tribunes
    Endue you with the people’s voice. Remains
    That in th’ official marks invested, you
    Anon do meet the senate. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  2. Officialnoun

    Official is that person to whom the cognizance of causes is committed by such as have ecclesiastical jurisdiction. John Ayliffe

    A poor man found a priest over familiar with his wife, and because he spake it abroad and could not prove it, the priest sued him before the bishop’s official for defamation. William Camden.


  1. official

    An official is a person who holds a position of authority or responsibility in a government, organization, institution, or corporation. This could be a public office, a role within a company, or a position within a group or society. An official's duties and powers are usually defined by the rules or laws of their organization. Additionally, "official" can also refer to something that is formally recognized, approved, or authorized by a person in authority or by a governing body.


  1. Official

    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.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. official

    All orders, reports, applications, memorials, etc., which pass through the regular channels of communication, are called official.

Editors Contribution

  1. official

    A document with power or authority defined in a form of agreement or legislation.

    The treaty is official and registered in legislation.

    Submitted by MaryC on June 23, 2020  

  2. official

    A person with power or authority defined in legislation.

    The government official is so respectful and understands the importance of the peoples perception and truth.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 16, 2020  

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFFICIAL' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1303

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFFICIAL' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3525

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFFICIAL' in Nouns Frequency: #573

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'OFFICIAL' in Adjectives Frequency: #160

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFFICIAL in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of OFFICIAL in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of OFFICIAL in a Sentence

  1. Joe Pentangelo:

    Supposedly he took her into another area using his official position, being in uniform, and she thought it was a part of his official duty.

  2. Sergei Boyarsky:

    There is no talk about censorship, it doesnt ban criticism of officials or expression of views and opinions that differ from the official line.

  3. Terry Headlee:

    I just couldn't believe that an elected official would say something so stupid.

  4. De Sousa:

    I fully admit to failing to file my personal federal and state taxes for 2013, 2014 and 2015, while there is no excuse for my failure to fulfill my obligations as a citizen and public official, my only explanation is that I failed to sufficiently prioritize my personal affairs.

  5. Arthur Busch:

    I just saw my own children in him, i felt it was my duty as a public official responsible in that situation that we should try to protect this kid. We should try to make sure he never does this again.

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