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English adjective: official

1. official having official authority or sanction

SamplesOfficial permission.
An official representative.

Similarauthorised, authoritative, authorized, ex officio, formal, formalised, formalized, semiofficial

See alsoauthorised, authorized


2. official of or relating to an office

SamplesOfficial privileges.

3. official verified officially

SamplesThe election returns are now official.



4. official conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

SamplesIn prescribed order.




5. official (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution

Similarconstituted, established

Domain categorychurch, church service


English noun: official

1. official (person) a worker who holds or is invested with an office


Broader (hypernym)skilled worker, skilled workman, trained worker

Narrower (hyponym)administrative official, agent, apparatchik, appointee, bailiff, beadle, bureaucrat, caretaker, censor, census taker, church officer, city father, civil servant, commissar, Comptroller General, Comptroller of the Currency, diplomat, diplomatist, doorkeeper, elected official, enumerator, equerry, federal agent, fire marshall, fire warden, forest fire fighter, hangover, hearing examiner, hearing officer, holdover, incumbent, Inquisitor, invalidator, judge, jurist, justice, licenser, mace, macebearer, macer, mandarin, notary, notary public, noticer, nullifier, officeholder, officeholder, officer, political commissar, postmaster general, proconsul, prosecuting attorney, prosecuting officer, prosecutor, provincial, public prosecutor, quaestor, ranger, record-keeper, recorder, recruiter, registrar, regulator, returning officer, sealer, searcher, teller, town clerk, usher, vizier, voider, vote counter, weigher

2. official (person) someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

SamplesThe golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling.

Broader (hypernym)adjudicator

Narrower (hyponym)dispatcher, football official, linesman, ref, referee, scorekeeper, scorer, starter, timekeeper, timer, ump, umpire

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