1. Pertaining to an office or public trust. The secretary is engaged in official duties.

2. 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. We have official intelligence of the battle.

3. Conducive by virtue of appropriate powers.

The stomach and other parts official to nutrition. [Unusual.]

OFFI'CIAL, n. An ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, &c., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.