What does official mean?

Definitions for official
əˈfɪʃ əlof·fi·cial

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word official.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. official, functionary(noun)

    a worker who holds or is invested with an office

  2. official(adj)

    someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

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

  3. official(adj)

    having official authority or sanction

    "official permission"; "an official representative"

  4. official(adj)

    of or relating to an office

    "official privileges"

  5. official(adj)

    verified officially

    "the election returns are now official"

  6. official, prescribed(adj)

    conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

    "in prescribed order"

  7. official(adj)

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

Wiktionary

  1. official(Noun)

    An office holder invested with powers and authorities.

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

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  2. official(Noun)

    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.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  3. official(Adjective)

    Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.

    official duties

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  4. official(Adjective)

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

    an official statement or report

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  5. official(Adjective)

    Approved by authority; authorized.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  6. official(Adjective)

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

    an official drug or preparation

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  7. official(Adjective)

    Discharging an office or function.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  8. official(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  9. official(Adjective)

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

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

Freebase

  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  

British National Corpus

  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

How to pronounce official?

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How to say official in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Susan Collins:

    It certainly shows a breakdown in communications that is troubling because the president is commander in chief and (Defense) Secretary (James) Mattis apparently, according to press reports — I haven't an official briefing on it yet — told him that this carrier and the destroyers were headed towards North Korea as a show of force when in fact they were headed in the completely opposite direction to Australia, and it's troubling if we don't know where our assets are. It's also so surprising. Every time I have seen that map that shows where our naval assets are, believe me, the Pentagon knows exactly where they are. So I suspect there was some sort of just terrible miscommunication but it should not have occurred.

  2. Dwaine Caraway:

    It is time for them to stand up, and it's time for us to listen and it's time for Trump and every elected official in Washington and USA on every level to stand up and speak out against this type of violence.

  3. Dana Zzyym:

    I am not male, I am not female, I am intersex, and I shouldn’t have to choose a gender marker for my official U.S. identity document that isn’t me.

  4. Zhou Jingtong:

    We think China's economy is stabilizing in the fourth quarter, there are no signs that the economy is getting worse, as official PMI improved in December. The consumer prices remained high while the factory-gate prices did not drop further.

  5. Vladimir Putin:

    Officials familiar with the matter say delays in official readouts of Trump's phone calls are usually due to a lengthy clearance process that includes officials at the National Security Council and in White House. Trump's call occurred on a Sunday in the middle of a quiet holiday week, which could have added to the time it took for the required officials to sign off.Even in previous administrations, the clearance process for writing and releasing a statement from the White House following a presidential phone call has sometimes led foreign governments to release their version first.In the past, officials have described Trump's conversations with foreign leaders sometimes veering off into unguarded or undiplomatic territory. Earlier in President Donald Trump administration, some of those details leaked, making for embarrassing headlines and questions about the privacy of Trump's conversations.That included an instance of President Donald Trump congratulating Putin on an election win despite advice from his aides that he not extend his congratulations because the election wasn't viewed as legitimate.The smaller group of officials with access to the calls is meant to prevent further leaks, according to administration sources. But the effect has also led to information from the calls being obscured even to those inside the administration. White House has made efforts in the past to limit access to calls President Donald Trump has had with Putin.Even before the Ukraine scandal and ensuing impeachment, administration officials took steps to limit access to Trump's phone conversations with Putin, along with certain other foreign leaders like the Saudi crown prince, according to administration officials. Trump's past conversations with Putin have been similarly shrouded in atypical secrecy. After their first face-to-face meeting on the sidelines of a summit in Germany, President Donald Trump asked to keep President Donald Trump translator's notes. They spoke at a dinner of foreign leaders without any American witnesses, relying on Putin's translator. During talks in Helsinki, they spoke without any other officials present.The insistence on keeping his conversations with Putin so closely held caught the interest of investigators, including Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating whether President Donald Trump or President Donald Trump campaign associates worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election.The impeachment inquiry centered on Trump's approach to Ukraine reignited the questions about his relationship to Vladimir Putin. The Washington Post reported that former President Donald Trump administration officials feared Vladimir Putin had planted a conspiracy that Ukraine had interfered in the 2016 election.One of the officials told the Post that President Donald Trump gave the theory credibility because.

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