1. [ noun ] (work) a worker who holds or is invested with an office
Synonyms: functionary
Related terms: skilled_worker officeholder hearing_examiner judge diplomat prosecutor Comptroller_General appointee postmaster_general town_clerk bureaucrat beadle regulator fire_marshall equerry fire_warden inquisitor city_father church_officer licenser incumbent holdover sealer macebearer commissar civil_servant caretaker mandarin notary Comptroller_of_the_Currency agent censor teller proconsul usher vizier registrar invalidator elected_official noticer quaestor recruiter census_taker searcher returning_officer weigher bailiff provincial officiate
2. [ adjective ] having official authority or sanction

"official permission" "an official representative"

Related terms: unofficial formal formalised formalized authoritative semiofficial authorised ex_officio authorized
3. [ noun ] (sport) someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

"the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"

Related terms: adjudicator referee timekeeper umpire scorekeeper starter linesman football_official
4. [ adjective ] verified officially

"the election returns are now official"

Related terms: confirmed
5. [ adjective ] of or relating to an office

"official privileges"

Related terms: agency
6. [ adjective ] conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline
Synonyms: prescribed

"in prescribed order"

Related terms: regular
7. [ adjective ] (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
Related terms: church_service established
Similar spelling:   officially