|1.||[ noun ] (work) a worker who holds or is invested with an office|
|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"
|5.||[ adjective ] of or relating to an office|
|6.||[ adjective ] conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline|
"in prescribed order"
|7.||[ adjective ] (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution|
|Related terms:||church_service established|