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Meaning of official by Wiktionary Dictionary

official


    Etymology

    From Old French official, from Latin duty, service .

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɪʃəl

    Adjective

    official ( comparative more official, superlative most official )

    1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust .
      official duties
    2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
      an official statement or report
    3. Approved by authority; authorized .
    4. sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
      an official drug or preparation
    5. Discharging an office or function .
    6. Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant .
    7. Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction .

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    • See also Wikisaurus:official

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    External links

    • official in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • official in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911


Explanation of official by Wordnet Dictionary

official


    Adjective
    1. having official authority or sanction

    2. official permission
      an official representative
    3. verified officially

    4. the election returns are now official
    5. ( of a church ) given official status as a national or state institution

    6. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

    7. of or relating to an office

    8. official privileges
    Noun
    1. someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

    2. the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling
    3. a worker who holds or is invested with an office



    Definition of official by GCIDE Dictionary

    official


    1. Official a. [L. officialis: cf. F. officiel. See Office, and cf. Official, n.]
      1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, “official duties, or routine”.

      That, in the official marks invested, you

      Anon do meet the senate. Shak.

      2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, “an official statement or report”.

      3. ( Pharm. ) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, “an official drug or preparation”. Cf. Officinal.

      4. Discharging an office or function. [Obs.]

      The stomach and other parts official unto nutrition. Sir T. Browne.

    2. Official, n. [L. officialis a magistrate's servant or attendant: cf. F. official. See Official, a., and cf. Officer.]
      1. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.

      2. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction. Blackstone.