- The definition of official is authorized, or is someone who holds a position of authority.
- An example of an official document is a certified birth certificate.
- An example of an official person is a city planner.
official definition by Webster's New World
- of or holding an office, or position of authority
- by, from, or with the proper authority; authorized or authoritative: an official request
- in a formal or ceremonious manner, often involving persons of authority: an official welcome to the city
- formally set or prescribed: the official date of publication
- Med., Pharmacy contained in the current pharmacopeia; authorized for use in medicine
Origin: Old French ; from Late Latin officialis
- a person holding office, esp. public office
- Sports one who supervises an athletic contest, as a referee, umpire, etc.
- officially adverb
official definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Of or relating to an office or a post of authority: official duties.
- Authorized by a proper authority; authoritative: official permission.
- Holding office or serving in a public capacity: an official representative.
- Characteristic of or befitting a person of authority; formal: an official banquet.
- Authorized by or contained in the U.S. Pharmacopoeia or National Formulary. Used of drugs.
- 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.
- Sports A referee or umpire.
Origin: From Middle English, ecclesiastical officer, from Old French, from Latin officiālis, an attendant of an office, from officium, duty, service; see Office .
- of·fiˈcial·dom noun
- of·fiˈcial·ly adverb
official - Medical Definition