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1. One who performs a religious rite.
2. One who presides over a religious or civil ceremony.
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(Ecclesiastical Terms) a person who presides and officiates at a religious ceremony
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(əˈfɪʃ i ənt)

a person who officiates at a religious service or ceremony.
[1835–45; < Medieval Latin officiāre to serve]
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Noun1.officiant - a clergyman who officiates at a religious ceremony or service
clergyman, man of the cloth, reverend - a member of the clergy and a spiritual leader of the Christian Church
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