[uh-fish-ee-uh nt]


a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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a person who presides and officiates at a religious ceremony
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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).

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