[fuhngk-shuh-ner-ee] /ˈfʌŋk ʃəˌnɛr i/

noun, plural functionaries.
a person who in a specified capacity, especially in government service; an official:
civil servants, bureaucrats, and other functionaries.
noun (pl) -aries
a person acting in an official capacity, as for a government; an official
a less common word for functional, official

“one who has a certain function,” 1791, from or patterned on French fonctionnaire, a word of the Revolution; from Old French function (see function).


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