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

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Bass took on the role as officiant at Vanderpump Rules' Jax Taylor and Brittany Cartwright's wedding in Winchester, Virginia. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Lance Bass Dances to *NSYNC's 'Bye Bye Bye' at Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright's Wedding: Watch," 1 July 2019 But on a sunny Monday morning last week by the Andrew M. Mellon Memorial Fountain, there was no minister, priest, rabbi, judge or third-party officiant in sight. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "‘Super easy’: Couples can officiate their own wedding in the District," 27 June 2019 The county does not recognize officiants from the Universal Life Church. New York Times, "Both Had Something to Say. Finally, They Said It at the Same Time.," 25 May 2019 With an Elvis impersonator as the officiant, Ring Pops for wedding bands, and Diplo as wedding DJ, the festivities fit the duo's goofy and carefree personalities—but the decision was legally practical too. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Joe Jonas Explains Why He Married Sophie Turner in Las Vegas," 6 June 2019 Planning to skip the standard wedding vows repeated after your officiant and pen your own? Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything You Need to Know to Write Your Own Wedding Vows," 5 June 2019 Their Met Gala appearance comes just five days after the two married in a low-key Vegas ceremony (complete with an Elvis impersonator as officiant) following the Jonas Brothers' performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday, May 1. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Sophie Turner & Joe Jonas Make Red Carpet Debut as Newlyweds at Met Gala 2019," 7 May 2019 New York City Mayor at the time Michael Bloomberg reportedly served as their officiant. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Not Even the Biggest 'Grey's Anatomy' Fans Know How Ellen Pompeo Met Her Husband Chris Ivery," 13 Apr. 2019 The service was joyous and upbeat throughout, and our officiant, Angel Lopez, gave it such a nice personal touch. Alexandra Macon, Vogue, "Victor Glemaud Celebrated His Wedding in Palma’s West Village Solarium," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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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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