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 Instead these florists, event planners, photographers and officiants are staying home. Jessica Testa, New York Times, "Weddings Are Their Job. What Happens When Everyone Postpones?," 11 Apr. 2020 His mom, Moira (Catherine O'Hara) had to step up to fill in for the officiant who canceled. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, "'Schitt's Creek' series finale recap: David's big day begins as the wedding equivalent of fruit wine," 9 Apr. 2020 They got married on Saturday in their apartment, with only the officiant and a couple of close friends present. NBC News, "Coronavirus didn't stop these gay NYC couples from tying the knot," 26 Mar. 2020 An officiant or clergy leader presides over the funeral. USA TODAY, "Glossary of tribute options," 24 Mar. 2020 Small ceremonies, including those with a religious officiant, can still take place, as long as no more than 10 people are present. Jamie Goldberg, oregonlive, "Coronavirus disrupts funerals in Oregon and across country: ‘It’s keeping people from coming together to grieve’," 13 Apr. 2020 Their officiant, Matt Okiishi, signed the license from six feet away. Madeline Mitchell,, "'We all stood there, 6 feet apart with our Lysol wipes.': A Lebanon couple's wedding story," 4 Apr. 2020 The whole event was livestreamed on Instagram, with Teigen as officiant. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Threw a Whole Wedding for Luna's Stuffed Animals," 30 Mar. 2020 Dan Henkel, the professional wedding officiant Clutter and Hall have been working with, said couples can still get married during the statewide stay-at-home order. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Canceled parties, worries about insurance: How coronavirus is changing weddings," 30 Mar. 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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16 May 2020

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“Officiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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