Definitions for: Official


[n] someone who administers the rules of a game or sport; "the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"
[n] a worker who holds or is invested with an office
[adj] having official authority or sanction; "official permission"; "an official representative"
[adj] verified officially; "the election returns are now official"
[adj] (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
[adj] conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline; "in prescribed order"
[adj] of or relating to an office; "official privileges"



Webster (1913) Definition: Of*fi"cial, a. [L. officialis: cf. F. officiel. See
Office, and cf. Official, n.]
1. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as,
official duties, or routine.

That, in the official marks invested, you Anon do
meet the senate. --Shak.

2. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the
proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of
authority; as, an official statement or report.

3. (Pharm.) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the
pharmacop[oe]ia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an
official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.

4. Discharging an office or function. [Obs.]

The stomach and other parts official unto nutrition.
--Sir T.
Browne.


Of*fi"cial, n. [L. officialis a magistrate's servant
or attendant: cf.F. official. See Official, a., and cf.
Officer.]
1. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive
officer or attendant.

2. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter,
archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual
jurisdiction. --Blackstone.

Synonyms: authorised, authoritative, authorized, confirmed, constituted, established, ex officio, formal, formalised, formalized, functionary, prescribed, regular, semiofficial

Antonyms: unofficial

See Also: adjudicator, administrative official, agent, appointee, bailiff, beadle, bureaucrat, caretaker, censor, census taker, church officer, city father, civil servant, commissar, Comptroller General, Comptroller of the Currency, diplomat, diplomatist, dispatcher, doorkeeper, elected official, enumerator, equerry, federal agent, fire marshall, fire warden, football official, forest fire fighter, hangover, hearing examiner, hearing officer, holdover, incumbent, Inquisitor, invalidator, judge, jurist, justice, licenser, linesman, mace, macebearer, macer, magistrate, mandarin, notary, notary public, noticer, nullifier, officeholder, officer, political commissar, postmaster general, proconsul, prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, public prosecutor, quaestor, ranger, recorder, record-keeper, recruiter, ref, referee, registrar, regulator, returning officer, scorekeeper, scorer, sealer, searcher, skilled worker, starter, teller, timekeeper, timer, town clerk, trained worker, ump, umpire, usher, vizier, voider, vote counter, weigher

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