[uh-fish-uh l]


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


Origin of official

1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1
Related formsof·fi·cial·ly, adverbnon·of·fi·cial, adjectivenon·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbpre·of·fi·cial, adjectivepre·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbpseu·do·of·fi·cial, adjective, nounpseu·do·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbqua·si-of·fi·cial, adjectivequa·si-of·fi·cial·ly, adverbsub·of·fi·cial, noun, adjectivesub·of·fi·cial·ly, adverbun·der·of·fi·cial, adjectiveun·of·fi·cial, adjectiveun·of·fi·cial·ly, adverb
Can be confusedofficial officious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for quasi-official

Historical Examples of quasi-official

  • Ignoring his quasi-official duty to the greatest of sentimental contraltos, he pushed into the splendid foyer of the Empire.

    The Roll-Call

    Arnold Bennett

  • The later portions are mostly made up from the official and quasi-official pamphlets.

    The Beginners of a Nation

    Edward Eggleston.

  • The post is considered an honourable one, involving as it does a quasi-official status.

    China and the Chinese

    Herbert Allen Giles

  • The quasi-official statement relative to the relief of Mafeking was contradicted.

  • In the United States it has earned a quasi-official adoption, but the force of habit among the people has yet to be overcome.

British Dictionary definitions for quasi-official



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
Compare Provisional
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Word Origin and History for quasi-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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

quasi-official in Medicine




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