officiant

[uh-fish-ee-uh nt]
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noun

a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony.

Nearby words

  1. officialdom,
  2. officialese,
  3. officialism,
  4. officialize,
  5. officially,
  6. officiary,
  7. officiate,
  8. officinal,
  9. officious,
  10. officious will

Origin of officiant

1835–45; < Medieval Latin officiant- (stem of officiāns), present participle of officiāre to serve, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ant- -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for officiant

officiant

noun

a person who presides and officiates at a religious ceremony
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Word Origin and History for officiant

officiant

n.

1844, from noun use of Medieval Latin officiantem (nominative officians), present participle of officiare "perform religious services," from Latin officium (see office).

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