of·​fi·​ci·​ant ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt How to pronounce officiant (audio)
: someone (such as a priest) who officiates at a religious rite

Examples of officiant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Noles — who has been a wedding officiant for over a decade — wore an all-black outfit with just a hint of sparkle so as to not outshine the bride! Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2024 Their officiant, Tarek's longtime friend and ​​attorney Roger Behle, declared the pair husband and wife. Hannah Chubb, Peoplemag, 12 Jan. 2024 The pair then recited their vows — while exchanging looks of excitement at each other — and followed in the officiant’s lead. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2023 The officiant mentioned him, and Van Itallie and some groomsmen wore handkerchiefs stitched with his name in their breast pockets. Jennifer Calfas, WSJ, 4 Dec. 2023 To differentiate the Rhode Island event further from a typical rehearsal dinner, Mary donned a colorful vintage Oscar de la Renta dress given to her by her friend and wedding officiant, McKenna Eldh. Shelby Wax, Vogue, 18 Dec. 2023 In a video posted on the Eagles' official Instagram account, Brooke, 45, and Rob, 48, could be seen standing in front of an officiant wearing an Eagles jersey. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 6 Nov. 2023 But the 66-year-old hairstylist and wedding officiant wants to make something clear: There's no competition between her and Edith, just friendly banter. Jessica Radloff, Glamour, 16 Nov. 2023 Wedding officiant Sonia Beverley has, on a couple of occasions, had reservations about working with couples she’s met. Jenny Berg, Vogue, 17 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1740, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of officiant was in 1740

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Cite this Entry

“Officiant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


of·​fi·​ci·​ant ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt How to pronounce officiant (audio)
: one who performs the official duties at a ceremony (as a wedding)
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