[uh-fish-uh l]


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


Nearby words

  1. officer of arms,
  2. officer of the day,
  3. officer of the deck,
  4. officer of the guard,
  5. officer of the watch,
  6. official family,
  7. official formula,
  8. official receiver,
  9. official referee,
  10. official solicitor

Origin of official

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1

Related forms
Can be confusedofficial officious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for officially



in a formal or authoritative mannerthe Queen officially opened the dome
in a way that is formally acknowledged but is not necessarily the caseofficially on the dole but actually holding a job



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
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Word Origin and History for officially
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for officially




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

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