- a person who functions in a specified capacity, especially in government service; an official: civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries.
Origin of functionary
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Examples from the Web for functionary
He pressed the button on his desk, and, as the doorman appeared, addressed that functionary.Within the Law
Justice Parsons, of Gloucester, was a functionary of this sort.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
"It is always as the good patriot says," observed the functionary.A Tale of Two Cities
Crawling in after the functionary, Jack handed him the letter.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
The functionary who is called Alcayde of the carcel at Havana confused the men.Romance
Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
- a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official
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Word Origin and History for functionary
"one who has a certain function," 1791, from or patterned on French fonctionnaire, a word of the Revolution; from Old French function (see function).
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