WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2014
of•fi•cial /əˈfɪʃəl/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  1. a person who is appointed or elected to an office or is charged with certain duties:an official of the court.

  1. [before a noun] of or relating to an office or to a position of duty, trust, or authority:official powers.
  2. appointed, authorized, recognized, or approved by a government or organization:an official flag.
  3. [before a noun] formal; ceremonial:an official visit by the head of state.
of•fi•cial•ism, n. [uncountable]
of•fi•cial•ly, adv. See -oper-,-fac-.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

official /əˈfɪʃəl/ adj
  1. of or relating to an office, its administration, or its duration
  2. sanctioned by, recognized by, or derived from authority: an official statement
  3. having a formal ceremonial character: an official dinner
  1. a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position

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