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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
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.

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

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
of•fi•cial  (ə fishəl), 
n. 
  1. a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.

adj. 
  1. of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority:official powers.
  2. authorized or issued authoritatively:an official report.
  3. holding office.
  4. appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity:an official representative.
  5. (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.
  6. 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.
Etymology:
  • Late Latin officiālis of duty, equivalent. to Latin offici(um) office + -ālis -al1
  • Middle English 1300–50
of•ficial•ly, adv. 


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



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