Pronunciation: (u-fish'ul),[key] —n. a person appointed or elected to an office or charged with certain duties.
—adj. 1. of or pertaining to an office or position of duty, trust, or authority: official powers. 2. authorized or issued authoritatively: an official report. 3. holding office.
4. appointed or authorized to act in a designated capacity: an official representative. 5. (of an activity or event) intended for the notice of the public and performed or held on behalf of officials or of an organization; formal: the official opening of a store. 6. Pharm.noting drugs or drug preparations that are recognized by and that conform to the standards of the United States Pharmacopeia or the National Formulary.