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.

  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.

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. Douglas Van Daele:

    In the vast majority of these systems, messages exchanged between you and your doctor become part of your official medical record.

  2. Bob Rudis:

    Not everybody has a passport. Addresses change, there is no central ID, apart from a Social Security number, that is official or can be thought of as the government saying this is actually you.

  3. Evelyn Waugh:

    If, for instance, they have heard something from the postman, they attribute it to a semi-official statement; if they have fallen into conversation with a stranger at a bar, they can conscientiously describe him as a source that has hitherto proved unimpeachable. It is only when the journalist is reporting a whim of his own, and one to which he attaches minor importance, that he defines it as the opinion of well-informed circles.

  4. Valentin Balakhnichev:

    The IAAF has already got in touch with us and on Monday we must send them some official documents, including photographic evidence. We will comply with this request.

  5. Michael Horowitz:

    FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE : TEXTS REVEAL FBI CLASHED WITH DOJ OVER BIASED SOURCE IN FISA APPLICATION USED TO SURVEIL TRUMP AIDE Other individuals included in the House GOPs request for information were former FBI Director James Comey, then-Special Agent Peter Strzok, and senior DOJ official Bruce Ohr -- who became a back channel between Christopher Steele and the FBI, after Christopher Steele was fired by the bureau on the eve of the 2016 presidential election over Christopher Steele contacts with the media. The answer from DOJ was, Were working on this -- kicking the can down the road was a constant theme, one source explained. On Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz, speaking during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C., confirmed that Michael Horowitz office is continuing to probe potential Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act( FISA) abuses. Former FBI director James Comey speaks during the Canada 2020 Conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. ( Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP) We have a FISA-related review that people might have heard about that the deputy attorney general asked us to take a look at, but Im not going to dwell on that.

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