Meaning of “official” - Learner’s Dictionary


adjective uk us /əˈfɪʃəl/

B2 approved by the government or someone in authority:

the official language of Singapore
an official document
JOB [ always before noun ]

relating to the duties of someone in a position of authority:

the official residence of the ambassador
an official visit

known by the public:

It's official - they're getting married!
NOT TRUE [ always before noun ]

An official explanation or statement is one that is given, but which may not be true:

The official reason for the delay is bad weather.
→ Opposite unofficial
officially adverb

The new hospital was officially opened yesterday.

(Definition of “official adjective” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)