if I use the word "official" as a noun, then does it have some difference with the word "officer" ??

Sample sentence:

There are three major officers, head official, deputy official and other officer along with the people.

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A. An officer:

  1. a person who is in a position of authority in the armed forces: army / air- force / naval officers
  2. a person who is in a position of authority in the government or a large organization
  3. (used as a form of address) = POLICE-OFFICER
  4. a title for a police officer
    Oxford Learner's Dictionary

B. An official:

  1. Noun (often in compounds) a person who is in a position of authority in a large organization. For example, My father has been an economic official in Vina-milk company in Vietnam.
  2. Adjective. Connected with a work of some person who has a position of authority. For example, as a financial manager my father has official responsibility to monitor all financial activities and movements of the money in his company.

An officer is a person who works in any of the disciplined forces or government.

An official is a high ranking officer who, by virtue of formal rank, is allowed to speak on behalf of the organization.

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