Official Definition

ə-fĭshəl
officials
adjective
Of or holding an office, or position of authority.
Webster's New World
By, from, or with the proper authority; authorized or authoritative.
An official request.
Webster's New World
Holding office or serving in a public capacity.
An official representative.
American Heritage
In a formal or ceremonious manner, often involving persons of authority.
An official welcome to the city.
Webster's New World
Formally set or prescribed.
The official date of publication.
Webster's New World
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noun
officials
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.
American Heritage
A person holding office, esp. public office.
Webster's New World
One who supervises an athletic contest, as a referee or umpire.
Webster's New World
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.
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Other Word Forms of Official

Noun

Singular:
official
Plural:
officials

Origin of Official

  • From Middle English ecclesiastical officer from Old French from Latin officiālis an attendant of an office from officium duty, service office

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French official, from Latin officium (“duty, service").

    From Wiktionary

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