official

[uh-fish-uh l]

noun

a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.

adjective


Origin of official

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1
Related formsof·fi·cial·ly, adverbnon·of·fi·cial, adjectivenon·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbpre·of·fi·cial, adjectivepre·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbpseu·do·of·fi·cial, adjective, nounpseu·do·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbqua·si-of·fi·cial, adjectivequa·si-of·fi·cial·ly, adverbsub·of·fi·cial, noun, adjectivesub·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbun·der·of·fi·cial, adjectiveun·of·fi·cial, adjectiveun·of·fi·cial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedofficial officious
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Examples from the Web for official

Contemporary Examples of official

Historical Examples of official

  • The purchase of official positions in the army was thus abolished.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • In all history there is no parallel case, and no official record such as his.

    The Grand Old Man

    Richard B. Cook

  • The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • It was Demarest who gave an official touch to the tragedy of the moment.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • They had small place in his concerns as an official of police.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana


British Dictionary definitions for official

official

adjective

of or relating to an office, its administration, or its duration
sanctioned by, recognized by, or derived from authorityan official statement
appointed by authority, esp for some special duty
having a formal ceremonial characteran official dinner

noun

a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position

Official

adjective

of or relating to one of the two factions of the IRA and Sinn Féin, created by a split in 1969. The Official movement subsequently renounced terrorism and entered constitutional politics in the Irish Republic as the Workers' Party (now the Democratic Left)

noun

a member of the Official IRA and Sinn Féin
Compare Provisional
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Word Origin and History for official
n.

early 14c., from Old French oficial "law officer; bishop's representative" (12c.) and directly from Late Latin officialis "attendant to a magistrate, public official," noun use of officialis (adj.) "of or belonging to duty, service, or office" (see official (adj.)). Meaning "person in charge of some public work or duty" first recorded 1550s.

adj.

late 14c., "performing a service; required by duty," from Old French oficial "official; main, principal" (14c., Modern French officiel) or directly from Late Latin officialis "of or belonging to duty, service, or office," from Latin officium (see office). Meaning "pertaining to an office or official position" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

official in Medicine

official

[ə-fĭshəl]

adj.

Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
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