officiant

noun
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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Bush's father walked her down the aisle, while her aunt, Dorothy Bush Koch, served as officiant, People reported. Emily Wang, Glamour, "George W. Bush's Daughter, Barbara Bush, Just Got Married in a Secret Ceremony," 8 Oct. 2018 Some suggestions from justices of the peace, former one-day officiants, and couples who’ve been seen the best and worst of it. Meredith Goldstein, BostonGlobe.com, "Wedding bells are ringing, but justices of the peace aren’t getting the call," 18 June 2018 In Colorado, no particular authorization is required of wedding officiants so the couple chose Bill Smith, Ms. Smith’s father and a longtime friend, to lead them through the vows. New York Times, "50 So-So Dates Later, a Breakup Gets Unbroken," 11 May 2018 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, PEOPLE.com, "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. Philly.com, "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, BostonGlobe.com, "6 tips for officiating a wedding," 18 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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officiant

noun
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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