(noun, adjective)


1. having official authority or sanction

- official permission

- an official representative

Similar word(s): authorised, authorized, authorised, authoritative, authorized, formal, formalised, formalized, semiofficial

2. of or relating to an office

- official privileges

3. verified officially

- the election returns are now official

Similar word(s): confirmed

4. conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline

Similar word(s): regular, prescribed

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

Similar word(s): constituted, established

Sentences with official as an adjective:

- official duties

- an official statement or report

- an official drug or preparation


1. a worker who holds or is invested with an office

Similar word(s): functionary

Definition categories: person

2. someone who administers the rules of a game or sport

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

Definition categories: person, adjudicator

Sentences with official as a noun:

- David Barnes was the official charged with the running of the sports club.

- In most soccer games there are three officials: the referee and two linesmen.