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, 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

Wiktionary

  1. officialnoun

    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. 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.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  3. officialadjective

    Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.

    official duties

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  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

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  5. officialadjective

    Approved by authority; authorized.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  6. officialadjective

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

    an official drug or preparation

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  7. officialadjective

    Discharging an office or function.

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  8. officialadjective

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

    Etymology: From official, from officium.

  9. officialadjective

    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  

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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

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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. Ron Wyden:

    Last year, my office met with a top official from the Treasury Department to express my serious concerns about the national security risks associated with a Chinese company buying Grindr, it is high time for the administration and CFIUS to consider the national security impact of foreign companies acquiring large, sensitive troves of Americans' private data.

  2. Bill Clinton:

    He's been a friend of mine for a long time. He sent me unsolicited emails, which I passed on in some instances, and that's just part of the give-and-take, when you're in the public eye, when you're in an official position, I think you do have to work to make sure you're not caught in a bubble and you only hear from a certain small group of people.

  3. Johannes Hahn:

    The atmosphere is such that we should very soon start official accession talks with Serbia.

  4. Howard Witt:

    The addition of Marc Short, a senior Trump Administration official with intimate knowledge of interactions between White House and Congress, deepens our scholarly inquiries into the workings of the American presidency. And Marc Short presence reinforces our commitment to nonpartisan and bipartisan dialogue among scholars and practitioners of good will who may nevertheless hold strongly opposing personal political viewpoints, moreover, Marc Short can offer insights into the Trump Administration that are not currently available to our scholars or the public at large.

  5. Ben Smith:

    When we published the Steele Dossier in 2017, we were met with outrage from many corners -- a major news anchor and President President Donald Trump both deemed it' fake news' ; and several Russian businessmen, plus Michael Cohen, sued for defamation, as we have said from the start, a document that had been circulating at the highest levels of government, under active investigation by The FBI, and briefed to two successive presidents, is clearly the subject of' official action.' Moreover, its publication has contributed to the the American people's understanding of what is happening in their country and their government.

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