Meaning of “functionary” in the English Dictionary

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"functionary" in British English

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functionarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən.ər.i/ us /ˈfʌŋk.ʃən.er.i/ formal

a person who has official duties, especially in a government or political party:

The visitors were met by a functionary who escorted them to the director's office.
a government functionary

(Definition of “functionary” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"functionary" in Business English

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functionarynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfʌŋkʃənəri/ us /ˈfʌŋkʃəneri/ plural functionaries often disapproving , formal

GOVERNMENT a person with an official job in a government or political party, especially one whose job you do not consider to be interesting or important:

government/party functionaries

(Definition of “functionary” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)