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 Unlike Jovi’s impersonal Elvis wedding officiant, Tarik has his best friend Angela marry them. Ashley Ray-harris, Vulture, "90 Day Fiancé Recap: Three Weddings and a Zoom Call," 29 Mar. 2021 Their friend Richard Bruner, who registered with the city court as a temporary officiant for the occasion, officiated. New York Times, "A Very Hoya Engagement," 12 Mar. 2021 On the big day, Rozner said, Waffles munched on the flowers on their wedding canopy and slobbered on the officiant, but all-in-all everyone had a blast. Washington Post, "Waffles the giraffe is remembered as a friend to kids and best man at wedding," 9 Mar. 2021 So Klater researched how to become a wedding officiant and was certified in the state of Florida., "Fitness coach weds over 2k couples at Florida ‘wedding hall-gym’," 21 Feb. 2021 My sister, who has spent lockdown in London organizing professional events and knows what to do when these things happen, texted me to translate what the officiant was mouthing. Laurie Penny, Wired, "My Highly Unexpected Heterosexual Pandemic Zoom Wedding," 13 Dec. 2020 Just a few weeks ago, Meredith Averill and her husband celebrated their backyard wedding (featuring just them, their photographer and an officiant) with a dinner on L&E's private balcony. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "As Los Angeles County's hospitalizations nearly double in 2 weeks, restaurants get creative to survive new restrictions," 26 Nov. 2020 The $2,500 package includes the ceremony, floral arrangements, an officiant, a Champagne toast and an overnight stay. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Micro weddings can save you money as hotels and resorts trim prices," 19 Nov. 2020 Bethel Nathan, an officiant in San Diego who has performed about 40 weddings during the pandemic, said most couples seem to be muting everyone during the ceremony. New York Times, "Learn the Etiquette of Virtual Weddings," 31 Oct. 2020

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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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“Officiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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