From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishofficiallyof‧fi‧cial‧ly /əˈfɪʃəli/ ●●○ adverb 🔊 🔊 1PUBLIC/NOT PRIVATEpublicly or formally 🔊 The new church was officially opened on July 5th. 🔊 Nothing has yet been officially announced. 🔊 The scheme was officially launched in May. 🔊 Has the company officially confirmed the appointment? 🔊 the number of officially recognized political parties2[sentence adverb]PUBLIC/NOT PRIVATEaccording to what someone says publicly, even though this may not be true 🔊 Officially, the talks never took place.