(often in compounds) a person who is in a position of authority in a large organization a bank/company/court/government official a senior official in the State Department Palace officials are refusing to comment on the royal divorce. Word Origin Middle English (originally as a noun): via Old French from Latin officialis, from officium
‘performance of a task’ (in medieval Latin also ‘office, divine service’), based on opus ‘work’ + facere ‘do’.Extra examples He attempted to bribe local officials. Report the incident to the responsible official. She is due to meet with local officials to discuss possible relief projects. a senior Bush administration official full-time union officials his background as a union official the FBI and other law enforcement officials the official responsible for handling the case A senior official in the State Department issued a statement. Palace officials are refusing to comment on the king’s state of health. Union officials are now seeking an early meeting with company directors.