American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to an office or a post of authority: official duties.
- adj. Authorized by a proper authority; authoritative: official permission.
- adj. Holding office or serving in a public capacity: an official representative.
- adj. Characteristic of or befitting a person of authority; formal: an official banquet.
- adj. Authorized by or contained in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
- n. One who holds an office or position, especially one who acts in a subordinate capacity for an institution such as a corporation or governmental agency.
- n. Sports A referee or umpire.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to office or the performance of the duties of an office: as, official duty; official cares or responsibility.
- Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; hence, authorized: as, an official statement or report.
- Performing duties or offices; rendering useful service; ministering.
- n. One who is invested with an office of a public nature; one holding a civil appointment: as, a government official; a railway official.
- n. In English ecclesiastical law, a person appointed as judge by a bishop, chapter, or archdeacon, to hear causes in the ecclesiastical courts.
- In pharm., authorized by the pharmacopœia of some country or countries: as, an official drug; an official preparation. In this sense recent, displacing the broader term officinal.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
- adj. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
- adj. Approved by authority; authorized.
- adj. sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
- adj. Discharging an office or function.
- adj. Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
- adj. Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
- n. An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
- n. A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
- adj. Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority.
- adj. (Pharm.) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopœia; appointed to be used in medicine. Cf. Officinal.
- adj. obsolete Discharging an office or function.
- n. One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
- n. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
- adj. (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
- n. a worker who holds or is invested with an office
- adj. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
- adj. of or relating to an office
- adj. having official authority or sanction
- adj. verified officially
- n. someone who administers the rules of a game or sport
- From Old French official, from Latin officium ("duty, service"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English, ecclesiastical officer, from Old French, from Latin officiālis, an attendant of an office, from officium, duty, service; see office. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“I want to start with what I call the official dogma.”
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“Many of the severely wounded soldiers returning from Iraq face the prospect of poverty and what they describe as official indifference and incompetence.”
“The sound if tame drawing and the mediocre painting of what they called official art revolted them as it revolted Whistler; but while he nearly suppressed representation they could see in art nothing but representation.”
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