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official

[ uh-fish-uhl ]
/ əˈfɪʃ əl /
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noun
a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
adjective
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Origin of official

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English, from Late Latin officiālis “of duty,” equivalent to Latin offici(um) “service, duty” + -ālis adjective suffix; see origin at office, -al1

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WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH official

official , officious (see confusables note at officious)
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British Dictionary definitions for official (1 of 2)

official
/ (əˈfɪʃəl) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for official (2 of 2)

Official
/ (əˈfɪʃəl) /

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
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Medical definitions for official

official
[ ə-fĭshəl ]

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