of·​fi·​ci·​ant | \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt How to pronounce officiant (audio) \

Definition of officiant

: someone (such as a priest) who officiates at a religious rite

Examples of officiant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Denial noted that there are historical examples of couples using it to get married without an officiant—a powerful symbol of self-determination that might make for a nice, mutual engagement mechanism. Joe Pinsker, The Atlantic, 6 July 2022 After the couple exchanged their own vows, their officiant asked those in attendance to make a collective vow to the newlyweds. New York Times, 3 June 2022 One stand-out moment from the sweet video included the bride and groom joking around with their officiant. Antonia Debianchi,, 15 June 2022 Casey stepped in and saved the day, securing a tour boat and an officiant (the ship's captain) for the nuptials. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 26 May 2022 For the exchange of vows, the officiant spoke in Protactile to both Broadway and her husband, forming a three-way conversation. Andrew Leland, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 Naughton’s daughter, Zuri, was the flower girl for the occasion, while Montell Jordan was the officiant. Essence, 6 Apr. 2022 One stand-out moment from the milestone video included the bride and groom joking around with their officiant. Antonia Debianchi,, 25 Apr. 2022 The final officiant, Leon’s Uncle Howard, gave a traditional Native American prayer, and then as everyone shouted their blessings and willingness to help the couple continue to grow in love, Ito and Leon recited their vows and exchanged rings. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of officiant

1740, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for officiant

borrowed from Medieval Latin officiant-, officians, present participle of officiāre "to perform a function, perform priestly duties" — more at officiate

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1 Aug 2022

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“Officiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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of·​fi·​ci·​ant | \ ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt How to pronounce officiant (audio) \

Legal Definition of officiant

: one who performs the official duties at a ceremony (as a wedding)


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