Definition of officiant in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈfiSHēənt/ Pronunciation: /ōˈfiSHēənt/


A person, typically a priest or minister, who performs a religious service or ceremony.
Example sentences
  • Among Muslims, burial must occur within twenty-four hours and be attended by Muslim officiants; Christian burial is also led by a local church leader.
  • Death ceremonies are quite elaborate in Sri Lanka, usually conducted by the families of the deceased in conjunction with religious officiants.
  • More than 100 guests attended the non-denominational ceremony, which was held on the beach during sunset and performed by a local officiant.


Mid 19th century: from medieval Latin officiant- 'performing divine service', from the verb officiare.

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Syllabification: of·fi·ci·ant

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