official

[ uh-fish-uh l ]
/ əˈfɪʃ əl /

noun

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

adjective


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

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British Dictionary definitions for unofficial

unofficial

/ (ˌʌnəˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

not official or formalan unofficial engagement
not confirmed officiallyan unofficial report
(of a strike) not approved by the strikers' trade union
(of a medicinal drug) not listed in a pharmacopoeia
Derived Formsunofficially, adverb

official

/ (əˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

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

noun

a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position

Official

/ (əˈfɪʃəl) /

adjective

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)

noun

a member of the Official IRA and Sinn Féin
Compare Provisional

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

Medicine definitions for unofficial

unofficial

[ ŭn′ə-fĭshəl ]

adj.

Of or being a drug that is not listed in the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.

official

[ ə-fĭshəl ]

adj.

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

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