- a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony.
Origin of officiant
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Examples from the Web for officiant
For fees ranging upward of $100, the officiant is the person who makes a prison marriage happen.
Stripped of these frills, the only real expense of a prison wedding is the officiant.
Finally, Saujani went on the Internet and found that an officiant could be hired to come to them.New Feminists: Young, Multicultural, Strategic, and Looking Out for Each Other
February 26, 2013
The officiant is one with the ancestor from whom he is descended and whom he reincarnates.
"You are now ours as we are yours," replied the officiant, dropping the curtains.
The officiant paused a moment, stooped, and gathered and threw reverently on the coffin a handful of rattling coral.In the South Seas
Robert Louis Stevenson
We have already spoken of one of the means employed: the officiant pours water over the sacred stones and himself.
This is the ancestor whom the rite commemorates; now the officiant need not be descended from him.
- a person who presides and officiates at a religious ceremony
Word Origin and History for officiant
1844, from noun use of Medieval Latin officiantem (nominative officians), present participle of officiare "perform religious services," from Latin officium (see office).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper