American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One who performs a religious rite or presides over a religious service or ceremony.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Eccles., one who officiates at or conducts a religious service; one who administers a sacrament or celebrates the eucharist.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The officer who officiates or performs an office, as the burial office.
- n. a clergyman who officiates at a religious ceremony or service
“I sure wanted to find out more about how Eric had qualified as a priest, or whatever they called the officiant, but first I was going to make Jake tell me about Quinn.”
“Their boldface-name officiant liked the idea, too.”
“Under the city's current marriage law, civil marriages can only be performed by a judge or by a court-appointed 'officiant' that almost always performs marriages at the D.C. Superior Court.”
“Given that view of marriage, I've always liked the Quaker way of getting married--i.e., the whole meeting serves as "officiant" for the wedding.”
“In addition to being LEWW's favorite kind of officiant, (the Article III kind), Judge Jacobs is the author of Sarah and Patrick have much in common with the contestants above, starting with strong educational credentials that combine Ivy cache with a touch of newer-school swagger.”
“Their officiant, a dear friend of theirs, sported a full leopard-print suit in true rockabilly fashion—and even strutted over the tracks with Mike and his Rat Pack pals.”
“Next, the officiant, groom, and best man enter the ceremony through a side door and wait at the altar.”
“Shortly before sunrise on Saturday, March 27, 1546, Alfonso Díaz, a Spaniard and minor officiant at the Vatican, arrived in Neuburg on the Danube, a village outside Augsburg, Germany.”
“I wonder, did the officiant perhaps say anything along the lines of, “By the power invested in me by the state of Florida ...”?”
“If they all met at a church, the protest was mentioned by the religious officiant in his/her sermon, and then they all took church transportation to the home of a doctor where the trespass occurred, could the church be held liable?”
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Hopefully, I'll be using this site for more than one year. It will be fun then to look back and see what new words I found worthy of notice in any given year.
All words spotted in 2008...
Holy men (and women).
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