• The railway official
    The railway official
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj official having official authority or sanction "official permission","an official representative"
    • adj official verified officially "the election returns are now official"
    • adj official (of a church) given official status as a national or state institution
    • adj official conforming to set usage, procedure, or discipline "in prescribed order"
    • adj official of or relating to an office "official privileges"
    • n official someone who administers the rules of a game or sport "the golfer asked for an official who could give him a ruling"
    • n official a worker who holds or is invested with an office
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hang On Sloopy is the official rock song of Ohio.
    • Official An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
    • Official (Pharm) Approved by authority; sanctioned by the pharmacopœia; appointed to be used in medicine; as, an official drug or preparation. Cf. Officinal.
    • Official Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; as, an official statement or report.
    • Official Discharging an office or function. "The stomach and other parts official unto nutrition."
    • Official Of or pertaining to an office or public trust; as, official duties, or routine. "That, in the official marks invested, you
      Anon do meet the senate."
    • Official One who holds an office; esp., a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The official state mammal of Texas is the armadillo
    • official Of or pertaining to office or the performance of the duties of an office: as, official duty; official cares or responsibility.
    • official Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority; hence, authorized: as, an official statement or report.
    • official Performing duties or offices; rendering useful service; ministering.
    • n official One who is invested with an office of a public nature; one holding a civil appointment: as, a government official; a railway official.
    • n official In English ecclesiastical law, a person appointed as judge by a bishop, chapter, or archdeacon, to hear causes in the ecclesiastical courts.
    • official In pharm., authorized by the pharmacopœia of some country or countries: as, an official drug; an official preparation. In this sense recent, displacing the broader term officinal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The official state tree of Illinois is The White Oak
    • adj Official pertaining to an office: depending on the proper office or authority: done by authority
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  • Aldous Huxley
    “Official dignity tends to increase in inverse ratio to the importance of the country in which the office is held.”
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
    “We who officially value freedom of speech above life itself seem to have nothing to talk about but the weather.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “Bad officials are the ones elected by good citizens who do not vote.”
  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.”
  • George Jean Nathan
    “Bad officials are elected by good citizens who do not vote.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. officialis, a magistrate's servant or attendant: cf. F. official,. See Official (a.), and cf. Officer
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. officium.


In literature:

The Government of France has announced, officially, that it will depart from Paris tonight and that Bordeaux is to be the new capital.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
He re-visited England in 1861, and again in 1881, returning to Ballarat, as a supernumerary, but still officiating.
"A History of Horncastle from the earliest period to the present time" by James Conway Walter
This much by way of reminder of the difference between official rebuke and personal anger and revenge.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
The officials at that steamship office had no easy time.
"Gold" by Stewart White
This official was the Earl of Bellomont.
"History of the Great American Fortunes, Vol. I" by Myers Gustavus
In the "Moniteur," the official journal of the time, may be read every detail of his conduct.
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Nay, were it death, I should smile at the official gibbet.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
They receive appeals made to the emperor, either by the people against the officials or by subordinate officials against their superiors.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 2" by Various
The purifier is the official spy, who reports whether the two officers have properly controlled the inspector.
"Timar's Two Worlds" by Mór Jókai
The camp officials wouldn't let us invite them by name.
"Roy Blakeley in the Haunted Camp" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh

In poetry:

I'm dead.
Officially I'm dead. Their hope is past.
How long I stood as missing! Now, at last
I'm dead.
"The Faceless Man" by Robert W Service
'Forgive the fond, officious zeal
Of one that loves his lord!
The new possessor of your field
A suppliant I implored.
"A Tale" by John Logan
A crown of gold, each Elder wears —
Each, like a mighty King, appears —
And each in white array is drest,
Like an officiating priest.
"Concerning The New Jerusalem" by Rees Prichard
Bids weep no more—O heart bereft,
How strange, to thee, that sound!
A widow o'er her only son,
Feeling more bitterly alone
For friends that press officious round.
"Burial" by John Keble
Then thou hast learnt the secret of my soul,
Officious Friendship has its trust betrayed;
No more I need the bursting sigh control,
Nor summon pride my struggling soul to aid.
"Love Elegy, to Henry" by Amelia Opie
Mighty things were done at Casey's. Men of solid reputation,
Ringing bells and giving orders, kept the programme moving by;
And they made you sickly conscious of your humble situation
When they glared upon your meanness with a cold official eye.
"St Patricks Day" by John O Brien

In news:

Officials expect Superintendent of Public Instruction Runner-Up Sandy Welch to wait until next week to request a recount after election officials certified votes today.
Broome County Officials, Binghamton City School Officials, Event Sponsors, Tournament Organizers and local High School Teams will attend a News Conference to announce details of the 2012 Mirabito STOP-DWI Holiday Classic .
The bill would permit a municipality to contract with a private company to provide construction officials, subcode officials, and technical assistants.
Internet users in China, where censorship is tough, have won praise for helping expose official corruption , a rampant problem in the country, officials said.
She officially filed as a candidate with El Paso's Democratic party today, officials said.
After thanking officials for teaching her patience and tolerance — learned from years of dealing with the department — resident and activist Camille Harris said she knew city officials would deny what was in the grand jury report.
Developer Forest City Ratner wants the MTA and state official to renegotiate its deal for the $4 billion, 22-acre Nets arena complex, with community groups and some elected officials saying the amended project kills any community benefit.
Officials in Leominster have determined that an off-duty officer's words to Red Sox outfielder Carl Crawford was interpreted as a slur and he faces discipline , city officials said Wednesday.
President Clinton's proposed budget contains less money than New Jersey Transit officials expected to receive for the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail project, transit agency officials said yesterday.
Johnson Controls officials, working with government officials, should erase any uncertainty that the southern York County site makes sense.
Senior defense officials revealed Wednesday they are mulling military strike plans for Syria, just a week after Obama administration officials said military force had been ruled out.
Hoff told the commissioners that she first contacted state officials, who directed her to contact county officials.
According to fire officials, a fire broke out at a home in the 200 block of South Chesterfield Avenue shortly after 7 p.m. Officials said that no one was in the home at the time of the fire.
WASHINGTON—Like health officials in the general public, military health officials are burdened with the toll that smoking takes on its beneficiaries.
Austin fire officials received a letter from an anonymous author claiming the questions had been passed among applicants and included a copy of the official test questions.

In science:

In the official version [12 - 16], an analysis of the origin and history of the accident was based on a numerical modeling.
On the possible physical mechanism of Chernobyl catastrophe and the unsoundness of official conclusion
Its official expression goes via explicit listing of the names of the people with whom the main stream of discussion that have been going on.
Fluctuations and Long-Term Stability: from Coherence to Chaos
In fact, it has been determined that by late 2007 the nation was already officially in recession.
Is There Statistical Evidence that the Oregon Payday-Loan Rate Cap Hurts Consumers?
We believe our reader is quite capable to use an online search engine to find the official web pages of some of the technologies and products we discuss within this thesis.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation
It took us about half a day to figure out how to properly code it since this is something that is not described in the official documentation.
Analysis of Using Browser-native Technology to Build Rich Internet Applications for Image Manipulation