Definition of commissioner in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈmɪʃ(ə)nə/


1A person appointed to a role on or by a commission.
Example sentences
  • The traffic commissioner's office, once located in Talbot Road, Old Trafford, was moved to Yorkshire in 1997.
  • I will be most interested to see what role the commissioners will be carrying out.
  • The commissioner's role will be to receive and process complaints about judges, to identify those requiring a full investigation because they raise a question of removal of a judge.
1.1A representative of the supreme authority in an area.
Example sentences
  • The high court has ordered that deputy commissioners and local authorities should not permit land conversion and construction without sanction of the metropolitan planning authorities.
  • The commissioners were official representatives who were supposed to explain why their state had seceded and encourage similar action from their audiences.
  • He added that matter would be further discussed at the next joint meeting of the township commissioners and sewage authority at 4 p.m.
1.2The head of the Metropolitan Police in London.
Example sentences
  • The commissioner of London's Metropolitan police force says more than 30 per cent of robberies and muggings involve mobile phones.
  • But since his wife, Desdemona, confesses straight away to the Metropolitan commissioner of police that she murdered her husband, there is not much in the way of narrative suspense.
  • Britain's top policeman, the Metropolitan Police commissioner, has warned an attack in London is both imminent and inevitable.
1.3North American A person appointed to regulate a particular sport: a baseball commissioner
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  • He contends that in a misguided effort to promote baseball, the commissioner and owners have bent their sport out of shape.
  • Then, on his way to his office at Milwaukee's County Stadium, the baseball commissioner stopped to do a family errand.
  • Compared with commissioners in other pro sports who are hired by team owners, he has considerably more power in regard to competition.


Late Middle English: from medieval Latin commissionarius, from Latin commissio (see commission).

Words that rhyme with commissioner

conditioner, exhibitioner, missioner, munitioner, parishioner, partitioner, petitioner, positioner, practitioner, requisitioner

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