functionary
noun (plural -aries) Date: 1791 1. one who serves in a certain function 2. one holding office in a government or political party

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  • functionary — func‧tion‧a‧ry [ˈfʌŋkʆənri ǁ neri] noun functionaries PLURALFORM [countable] JOBS someone who has a job doing unimportant or boring official duties, especially for a government or political party: • At that time a ranking government functionary… …   Financial and business terms

  • Functionary — Func tion*a*ry, n.; pl. {Functionaries}. [Cf. F. fonctionnaire.] One charged with the performance of a function or office; as, a public functionary; secular functionaries. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • functionary — I noun administrator, bureaucrat, commissary, commissioner, delegate, dignitary, office holder, officer, official, representative, syndic II index agent, conduit (intermediary), incumbent, notar …   Law dictionary

  • functionary — one who has a certain function, 1791, from or patterned on Fr. fonctionnaire, a word of the Revolution; from O.Fr. function (see FUNCTION (Cf. function)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • functionary — ► NOUN (pl. functionaries) ▪ an official …   English terms dictionary

  • functionary — [fuŋk′shə ner΄ē] n. pl. functionaries [ FUNCTION + ARY, after Fr fonctionnaire] a person who performs a certain function; esp., an official …   English World dictionary

  • functionary — UK [ˈfʌŋkʃ(ə)nərɪ] / US [ˈfʌŋkʃənˌerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms functionary : singular functionary plural functionaries an official who works for a government or a political party, especially one with unimportant or boring office duties …   English dictionary

  • functionary — [[t]fʌ̱ŋkʃənəri, AM neri[/t]] functionaries N COUNT A functionary is a person whose job is to do administrative work, especially for a government or a political party. [FORMAL] …   English dictionary

  • functionary — noun a Capitol Hill functionary Syn: official, officeholder, public servant, civil servant, bureaucrat, administrator, apparatchik; informal bean counter …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • functionary — /fungk sheuh ner ee/, n., pl. functionaries. a person who functions in a specified capacity, esp. in government service; an official: civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries. [1785 95; FUNCTION + ARY, modeled on F fonctionnaire] * *… …   Universalium

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