Official vs Entire - What's the difference?

official | entire |

As adjectives the difference between official and entire

is that official is of or pertaining to an office or public trust while entire is (sometimes|postpositive) whole; complete.

As nouns the difference between official and entire

is that official is an office holder invested with powers and authorities while entire is an uncastrated horse; a stallion.



(en adjective)
  • Of or pertaining to an office or public trust.
  • official duties
  • Derived from the proper office or officer, or from the proper authority; made or communicated by virtue of authority
  • an official statement or report
  • Approved by authority; authorized.
  • sanctioned by the pharmacopoeia; appointed to be used in medicine; officinal
  • an official drug or preparation
  • Discharging an office or function.
  • * Sir Thomas Browne
  • the stomach and other parts official unto nutrition
  • Relating to an office; especially, to a subordinate executive officer or attendant.
  • Relating to an ecclesiastical judge appointed by a bishop, chapter, archdeacon, etc., with charge of the spiritual jurisdiction.
  • Antonyms

    * unofficial


    (en noun)
  • An office holder invested with powers and authorities.
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  • A person responsible for applying the rules of a game or sport in a competition.
  • Hyponyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * fourth official





    (wikipedia entire)

    Alternative forms

    * intire (obsolete)


  • (sometimes, postpositive) Whole; complete.
  • (botany) Having a smooth margin without any indentation.
  • (botany) Consisting of a single piece, as a corolla.
  • (complex analysis, of a complex function) Complex-differentiable]] on all of [[?.
  • (of a, male animal) Not gelded.
  • Without mixture or alloy of anything; unqualified; morally whole; pure; faithful.
  • * (William Shakespeare) (1564-1616)
  • pure fear and entire cowardice
  • * Clarendon
  • No man had ever a heart more entire to the king.
  • Internal; interior.
  • (Spenser)

    Derived terms

    * entirety


    (en noun)
  • An uncastrated horse; a stallion.
  • * 2005', He asked why Hijaz was an '''entire . You know what an entire is, do you not, Anna? A stallion which has not been castrated. — James Meek, ''The People's Act of Love (Canongate 2006, p. 124)
  • (philately) A complete envelope with stamps and all official markings: (prior to the use of envelopes) a page folded and posted.
  • Anagrams

    * (l)