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[uh-fish-ee-uh nt] /əˈfɪʃ i ənt/
a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony.
Origin of officiant
1835-45; < Medieval Latin officiant- (stem of officiāns), present participle of officiāre to serve, equivalent to Latin offici(um) office + -ant- -ant Unabridged
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Examples from the web for officiant
  • Hotels and resorts can arrange for a non-denominational officiant to perform the service.
  • Find an officiant to perform your marriage ceremony.
  • As an officiant of a government proceeding, her words carried a different power than if they were said in general conversation.
  • If you wish to be married at the courthouse, you must make your own arrangements with a minister or marriage officiant.
  • The officiant must complete the lower portion of the form immediately after your marriage ceremony.
  • The application requires the parties to identify the name of the officiant who will perform the marriage ceremony.
  • The information on the marriage certificate is provided by the couple themselves and the officiant.
  • Copies of the certificate are available after the paperwork has been returned by the officiant.
  • Following the ceremony, the officiant must sign the license and return it to the city or town clerk where it was issued.
  • The couple takes the license to an officiant who signs and dates it and returns it to the town clerk.
British Dictionary definitions for officiant


a person who presides and officiates at a religious ceremony
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for officiant

1844, from noun use of Medieval Latin officiantem (nominative officians), present participle of officiare "perform religious services," from Latin officium (see office).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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