In ice hockey, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules or maintaining the order of the game. There are two categories of officials, on-ice officials, who are the referees and linesmen that enforce the rules during game play, and off-ice officials, who have an administrative role rather than an enforcement role.
In American football, an official is a person who has some responsibility in enforcing the rules and maintaining the order of the game. They are traditionally clad in a black-and-white striped shirt, white pants with a black belt, and black shoes.
A person who is authorized to make judgments regarding the proper application of the rules during play. Out-of-bounds: An area designated by the director prior to the start of play from which a disc may not be played. The out-of-bounds line extends a plane vertically upward and downward. The out-of-bounds line is itself in- bounds.
An official (from the Latin Officialis, person – or object – related to an officium, v., since the Romans the staff of a high office bearer such as a governor) is, in the primary sense, someone who holds an office (i.e. function, mandate, regardless whether it carries a working space with it) in an organisation, of any kind, but participating in the exercise of authority (either his own or that of his superior and/or employer, public or legally private). An elected official is a person who is an official by virtue of an election; officials may also be appointed, ex officio (i.e. by virtue of another office, often in a specified capacity, such as presiding, advisory, secretary), cooptated, or sometimes hereditary.
Prescribed or recognized as authorized; when used in the admission process (such as "official transcripts"), it refers to mark sheets, transcripts, or records of national examination results which have been duly sealed and certified as original and valid by the originating educational institution or office.
Someone who may know what's going on, but who you don't want in your package. Real people, whether they know anything or not, are preferred (see Triple-A). NOTE: Everyone is a witness after a couple of beers. (Carver)