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Usage note
The feminine of "oficial" can also be "oficiala" in the senses shown in 6) and 7).
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (authorized)
a. official
El pasaporte es un tipo de identificación oficial.Passports are one form of official ID.
2. (state)
a. official
Muchas instituciones oficiales ofrecen la opción de realizar trámites en línea.Many official institutions give you the option of doing paperwork online.
b. public
Este examen se realiza tanto en escuelas oficiales como privadas.This exam is taken in both public and private schools.
3. (confirmed)
a. official
La fecha de la boda ya es oficial.The date of the wedding is now official.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
4. (military)
a. officer
El general aseguró a los oficiales y soldados que se investigaría el incidente.The general assured the officers and men that the incident would be investigated.
5. (police)
a. officer
La oficial me puso una multa por exceso de velocidad.The officer gave me a ticket for speeding.
b. police officer
El oficial me pidió que saliera del carro.The police officer asked me to get out of my auto.
6. (craftsperson)
a. skilled worker
María es una oficial que ha trabajado en la fábrica durante cinco años.Maria is a skilled worker who has worked at the factory for five years.
b. journeyman
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Todavía es oficial, pero quiere llegar a ser maestro.He's still a journeyman, but he wants to become a master.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
(United Kingdom)
Se solicita oficial electricista para realizar trabajos en una fábrica de ropa.Time-served electrician required to carry out jobs at a clothes factory.
Se busca oficial u oficiala de fontanería.Time-served plumber required.
7. (office worker)
a. clerk
El joven oficial que trabaja en el despacho se llama Javier.The young clerk working at the office is called Javier.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (obrero)
a. time-served
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[+viaje, documento, comunicado] official
1 (Mil) officer
primer oficial (Náutica) first mate
oficial de enlace liaison officer
oficial de guardia (Náutica) officer of the watch
oficial del día orderly officer
oficial de marina naval officer
oficial ejecutivo executive officer
oficial médico medical officer
oficial pagador paymaster
2 (obrero) (en fábrica) skilled worker; (en taller artesano) craftsman/craftswoman; (por cuenta ajena) journeyman; (en oficina) clerk
oficial mayor chief clerk
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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