Official and Unofficial


Official adjective - Ordered or allowed by those in authority.
Usage example: the official languages for those Olympic Games were French and English

Unofficial is an antonym for official in authorized topic.


Unofficial adjective - Not having official authority or sanction.
Usage example: a sort of unofficial mayor

Official is an antonym for unofficial in unauthorized topic.

Nearby Word: unofficially

Both words in one sentence

  • Many forums not dedicated to politics have an official or unofficial ban on discussing current politics.
  • Most schools have one line in either an official or unofficial song that gives another team the finger.
  • The Clan Holding the clan members together is an official or unofficial head of the family.
    Source: The Clan
Cite this Source
Unofficial and Official. (2016). Retrieved 2022, August 17, from
Official & Unofficial. N.p., 2016. Web. 17 Aug. 2022. <>.
Unofficial or Official. 2016. Accessed August 17, 2022.
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