WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
of•fi•cial /əˈfɪʃəl/USA pronunciation
n. [countable]WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
- a person who is appointed or elected to an office or is charged with certain duties:an official of the court.
of•fi•cial•ism, n. [uncountable]
of•fi•cial•ly, adv. See -oper-, -fac-.
- of or relating to an office or to a position of duty, trust, or authority:[before a noun]official powers.
- appointed, authorized, recognized, or approved by a government or organization:an official flag.
ceremonial:[before a noun]an official visit by the head of state.
(ə fish′əl),USA pronunciation n.
- a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
- of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority:official powers.
- authorized or issued authoritatively:an official report.
- holding office.
- appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity:an official representative.
- (of an activity or event) intended for the notice of the public and performed or held on behalf of officials or of an organization;
formal:the official opening of a store.
- Drugs[Pharm.]noting drugs or drug preparations that are recognized by and that conform to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.
- Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent. to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1
- Middle English 1300–50
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official /əˈfɪʃəl/ adj
- of or relating to an office, its administration, or its duration
- sanctioned by, recognized by, or derived from authority: an official statement
- having a formal ceremonial character: an official dinner
- a person who holds a position in an organization, government department, etc, esp a subordinate position
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