- An example of an official document is a certified birth certificate.
- An example of an official person is a city planner.
The definition of official is authorized, or is someone who holds a position of authority.
- 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
- contained in the current pharmacopeia; authorized for use in medicine
Origin of officialOld French from Late Latin officialis
- a person holding office, esp. public office
- Sports one who supervises an athletic contest, as a referee or umpire
- 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 US 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 of officialFrom Middle English ecclesiastical officer from Old French from Latin officiālis an attendant of an office from officium duty, service ; see office .
(comparative more official, superlative most official)
- Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
- official duties
- Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
- an official statement or report
- Approved by authority; authorized.
- sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
- an official drug or preparation
- Discharging an office or function.
- Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
- Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
- An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
- David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.
- A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
- In most football games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.
From Old French official, from Latin officium (“duty, service").