- a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
- of or relating to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority: official powers.
- authorized or issued authoritatively: an official report.
- holding office.
- appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity: an official representative.
- (of an activity or event) intended for the notice of the public and performed or held on behalf of officials or of an organization; formal: the official opening of a store.
- Pharmacology. noting drugs or drug preparations that are recognized by and that conform to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.
Origin of official
Related Words for officialprecise, authoritative, definite, fitting, valid, proper, formal, conclusive, administrator, representative, minister, executive, bureaucrat, commissioner, agent, director, manager, officer, leader, secretary
Examples from the Web for official
Contemporary Examples of official
Whatever the FBI says, the truthers will create alternative hypotheses that try to challenge the ‘official story.’Was Sony Hit With a Second Hack?
January 8, 2015
There is a long history of official anti-clericalism in Mexico, but the atmosphere in Tierra Caliente goes far beyond that.Mexico’s Priests Are Marked for Murder
January 7, 2015
Apart from the video, the Saraya Al-Khorasani group has made no official declaration that it is linked to Taghavi.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq
January 6, 2015
She vowed to repay the money—no official word, however, on whether she ever did that.Fergie Dives Into Prince Andrew’s Sex Scandal
January 5, 2015
Boehner was unanimously selected by the conference as its official nominee for speaker in the coming Congress.The YOLO Caucus' New Cry for Attention
January 4, 2015
Historical Examples of official
The purchase of official positions in the army was thus abolished.
In all history there is no parallel case, and no official record such as his.
The declaration, simple as it was, aroused the official to new indignation.
It was Demarest who gave an official touch to the tragedy of the moment.
They had small place in his concerns as an official of police.
- 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
- a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position
- 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)
- a member of the Official IRA and Sinn Féin
Word Origin and History for official
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.
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.
- Authorized by or contained in the US Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.