of·​fi·​ci·​ant | \ə-ˈfi-shē-ənt \

Definition of officiant 

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

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On weekdays, black-robed wedding officiants float up and down the 45 stairs at San Francisco’s City Hall performing up to six ceremonies each hour in the Ceremonial Rotunda and other picturesque locations in the historical building. San Francisco Chronicle, "Rakhi Patel & Heren Patel,," 2 June 2018 Lakefront will provide six officiants who also happen to be tour guides, allowing couples to book weddings every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Already married? Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Valentine's Day weddings on tap at Lakefront Brewing; plus, a Brass Tap anniversary bash," 16 Jan. 2018 The ceremony went down in their bedroom, the site reports, and says the only witness aside from the officiant was Cardi’s cousin. Maria Pasquini,, "Offset Calls Cardi B 'My Wife' at BET Awards as Certificate Reveals They Secretly Wed 9 Months Ago: Report," 25 June 2018 The Spanish ceremony was led by a secular officiant., "Philadelphia weddings: Tamara Lozano and Eric Stachura," 29 June 2018 Sometimes a justice of the peace is the objective party who can ensure that a one-day officiant knows what to say and is respecting the wishes of the couple. Meredith Goldstein,, "6 tips for officiating a wedding," 18 June 2018 The latest detail being reported about their nuptials is the officiant: Father Chad Boulton, a hooded Benedictine monk from Ampleforth Abbey. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Are Basically Having a 'Game of Thrones' Theme Wedding," 3 June 2018 Darrell Ross, an Oakland high school principal, does double duty as a wedding officiant, for instance, finding jobs on Thumbtack. Carolyn Said,, "Why the robot apocalypse won’t kill all gig economy jobs," 16 June 2018 Oh, and if Davidson and Grande are in need of an officiant?, "Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande's Romance Is Like The Notebook," 15 June 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 \

Legal Definition of officiant 

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

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